Google could bring its Google News to WearOS watches: Report

Google launched the Pixel Watch at its “Made By Google” event, along with the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. It seems that after the launch of the giant’s first smartwatch, Google asked developers to create more apps for WearOS. Apparently, Google is building a wearOS version of Google News. The application has been available on mobile devices for a long time.

According to a report from AndroidPolice, Google is working on a simplified version of the Google News feed that would allow users to read directly from their smartwatches. The report quoted a Reddit user stating that he had successfully accessed the Google News Play Store listing on his WearOS watch. The user also shared screenshots of the upcoming app.

The Google News app is not yet available on the WearOS version of the Play Store, but the tipster reportedly used a workaround involving Google Assistant’s app search feature to access the list. These screenshots show what the Google News app would look like on WearOS watches.

The screenshots show a simplified version of the app’s News Feed and a tile that would help users read news on their smartwatch. The app’s UI also resembles other Google apps on WearOS 3. The report doesn’t mention when this new app will be available for smartwatches running WearOS 3.

Google’s WearOS 3 is already available on some smartwatches like Google Pixel Watch. Notably, the tech company hasn’t launched its first smartwatch in India and is available in select markets. Other smartwatches that run the latest version of WearOS include the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, Montblanc Summit 3, and Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition, among others.

Meanwhile, Google unveiled the 13GB Android edition for budget smartphones with new updates. The Go edition was launched five years ago to help manufacturers create affordable devices with a tailored software experience. This improved version of Android removes unnecessary applications from the smartphone and includes only the essentials. For example, Google’s own apps like Gmail and Chrome, which tend to be quite heavy, are designed for enhanced user experience.

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