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Wear OS updated with Tiles — a new interface to start workouts, check the weather, and more

Late last year, Google launched Wear OS 2.0 — a huge overhaul for its wearable operating system that aimed to make Wear OS simpler and easier to use. A big part of Wear OS 2.0 focused on new swipe gestures, and with another update that's rolling out now, Google's slightly tweaking how these work with the introduction of Tiles.

Prior to this change, Wear OS consisted of four main swipes:

  • Swipe up — Notifications
  • Swipe down — Quick settings
  • Swipe right — Google Assistant
  • Swipe left — Google Fit

While most of that is staying the same, swiping left now takes you to Tiles. Rather than being limited to only seeing Google Fit data, Tiles now showcase shortcuts for checking the latest news headlines, seeing your fitness goal progress, upcoming calendar reminders, weather forecasts, and more.

Some of this sounds like overlap with the contextual Google Assistant page, but Tiles does go beyond Assistant-related info with the ability to quickly check your heart rate, start a workout, etc.

Google's rolling out Tiles to Wear OS "over the next month", with Google noting that "certain features will vary by phone OS, watch, or country." Google will be showcasing Tiles at Google I/O next week, so it won't be too long before we get to go hands-on with them.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

4 Comments
  • Finally! This is such a good improvement. Reminds me of tizen which I really like on my galaxy watch. Wearos just needs a new SOC
  • Exactly my thinking as well. Tizen has this nailed down. Wear OS desperately needs a new SOC; if they'd get one that actually went quick then I'd switch back.
  • WearOS needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. Between the OG Moto360 and the LG Watch Sport, I spent 5 years dealing with WearOS. My GF bought me a Galaxy Watch (2018) for my Birthday and it is AMAZING compared to what I had been using with WearOS. Bixby is my only complaint with the Galaxy Watch, as Google assistant is the ONLY thing I miss about WearOS. I'll be using the GW for a while and don't see myself going back to WearOS for a few years. If I do, the battery life needs to be on par with the Galaxy Watch, the fitness tracking needs to be at least as good as the Galaxy watch, and the ease of use needs to be on point, while retaining ALL of the features and quality.
  • Well, I am waiting for upgrade Ticwatch Pro to replace my original ZenWatch