The latest segment of technology where Google has made a mark is a wearable tech. A segment that started with simple fitness trackers, has now evolved into full-fledged smartwatches, which are now at a point where they can actually automate most smartphone functions.
Like other smart devices, the first requirement for these smart watch devices is an operating system. In the case of Android-powered smartwatches, this is nothing but WearOS. Based heavily on their Android smartphone platform, WearOS combines simplicity and attention to detail in a beautiful cohesive package that allows you to enjoy the complexity of a watch with the fluidity of Android.
The best aspect of the WearOS platform is that it works in parallel with the Android OS on smartphones and they sync up to form this smooth transitive experience, where most of the time, you can just rely on your Android smartwatch rather than go through the effort of unlocking your smartphone.
Over the past few years, Android smartwatches have taken their attention towards user fitness and as a result, they saw the integration of heart rate sensors and pedometers for accurate vital stats.
Consequently, the WearOS platform has adapted smoothly with these new additions and the partnership is just amazing.
So, if you have recently purchased a new Android smartwatch, there are certain prerequisites you need in order to get started.
- An Android smartphone with preferably the latest version. (iOS also supported)
- Bluetooth connectivity.
- Wear OS installed on your Android smartphone.
Most Android Wear devices are super easy to set up, but at the same time, due to the sheer variety of OEMs, each setup is a bit different from the other.
The one uniting feature here is WearOS, and thankfully, so far, the flavor of WearOS has been consistent throughout the lineup, but the day is not far where we will find a variety of new flavors based on WearOS, enter the market.