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After just buying Fitbit, Google wants to know how you feel about Wear OS

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What you need to know

  • Google is surveying users about their thoughts on Wear OS.
  • The survey is apparently difficult to read if Dark Mode is enabled on your smartphone.
  • Google recently completed its $2.1 billion purchase of Fitbit, which many think could help Google improve its own wearables.

There's little question that Google's Wear OS platform could use some work. Every so often, Google will update the OS in an attempt to revitalize interest and breathe life back into it. Last year saw a few promising things announced for Wear OS smartwatches, and Google's recent purchase of Fitbit gives users some hope that the company may be focusing its efforts back in the wearable space. Now, a new survey from Google also has users thinking that Google could soon be turning a new leaf.

Users on Reddit pointed out a new survey being pushed to their phones that read "help us improve Wear OS by Google?" When users tapped the notification, they were presented with one question, asking how satisfied they were with their smartwatch. It seems not every Wear OS user is getting the survey at present time, and even those that did were met with a seemingly blank survey, at least the ones that had their phones on Dark Mode. Apparently, Google didn't consider how the text would be displayed in this setting. But fear not, as 9to5Google replicated the survey with one of their own.

Source: 9to5Google (Image credit: Source: 9to5Google)

Those who filled out the survey were then taken to a questionnaire on a Google doc, asking for their participation in a study on their habits with wearable technology.

It's certainly interesting to see Google taking even the slightest interest in Wear OS, although many may consider its recent efforts too little, too late. Its offerings are often flanked by those from Samsung and others when it comes to the best Android smartwatches. Hopefully, acquiring Fitbit will rejuvenate efforts to improve its OS and better compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple.

Derrek Lee
Derrek Lee

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

12 Comments
  • I prefer it to Apple watch OS, which like all Apple products is greatly overrated.
  • What does this have to do with anything ? We are not talking about Apple here but the fact you brought it up means you are just jealous because WearOS is a joke.
  • No comparison to Tizen
  • Tizon tv OS 👎🏻
    TIZON WATCH OS 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
  • There is only Tizen and iWatchOS.
    Wear'd-it-go-OS is junk
  • I've never owned Apple or Samsung wearables but I do own a Fossil WearOs watch.
    I've never been disappointed with it.
    Why do you say its junk?
  • Wear Os was amazing when it was android wear. Zero innovation is what allowed Tizon to take over.
  • Tizen has serious downfalls. No Google Assistant or Maps being 2 biggies. Bixby on the watch is worse than terrible
  • Funny you say that cause ive used wear OS on 5 generations of fossils watches and the google assistant was absolutely useless. Its not the same as using it on your phone which i can agree hands down. Also to add, who uses maps on a watch??? Don't get me started.
  • Recently moved from Apple Watch to Galaxy Watch Active 2 and they're both good but still no comparison to Wear OS. Having Google Pay and Assistant to hand 24/7 makes it better alone. I do miss the full range of wrist gestures they had on Android Wear though. That's what really set it apart and gave you full hands free navigation
  • Ive got a Ticwatch Pro 3 GPS, Apple watch 3 and a OG Galaxy Watch 46mm and I have to say the Ticwatch with the Snapdragon 4100 is the standout of the 3. Its a MASSIVE improvement on the Wear OS watches Ive had before. Whats missing for me is the apps just come short on most accounts, for example Strava on the watch only lets you track a run or cycling. Why not all the other activities? I like the Google Fit rings on the watch face thats a fantastic visual representation of how much you have done today. The screen is superbly clear and Google Assistant for responses is a million times better than Bixby. WearOS needs some polish but its by no means out of the game.
  • After 5 long generations of fossil watches ive made the switch to the Samsung galaxy watch 3. Never thought id say this but best decision ever!