Google is now bringing a bunch of design elements introduced with the Wear OS 3 directly to its old watches. The update was previously rolled to non-Galaxy Watch 4 devices and some apps, including Google Maps, Messages, and YouTube Music, were redesigned. The company is now bringing the new UI directly to the system settings. The new change will be rolled out via a Play Store update of “Wear OS by Google Smartwatch” to Google Smartwatch users. While Google is planning on updating its latest wearables later this year, it has already started redesigning older watches with Wear OS 3’s new UI. Here’s what this new redesign has in store for old smartwatches.
New Wear OS 3 UI Rolling Out for Old Google Smartwatches
Some features of the new Wear OS 3 will now be available for old Google smartwatches via an update available in the Play Store for “Wear OS by Google Smartwatch” (version 2.54) app. The new UI will be available directly in the system settings. If you head to Settings > Apps & notifications > App notifications > Show all, selecting an application will show you various Wear OS 3 design elements.
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Users will see a redesigned list view with each setting housed inside a pill-shaped design with a subtle blue gradient. This becomes a significant part of the new design language introduced with Wear OS 3. The new settings start with the current time sporting a subtle curve at the top. The yellow on/off toggle shifts to the right of the screen from the left in the new settings.
This interesting effort by Google to revamp old devices will definitely give users a reason to treasure their old wearables. While there is a lot more to be seen in the new Wear OS 3 UI, the current changes give a sense of freshness to old Google smartwatch owners.
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