Android Smartwatches: This is how Google wants to ensure better apps

Android Smartwatches: This is how Google wants to ensure better apps

Google is making the developers responsible: With new guidelines, the US group wants to provide higher quality apps for Android smartwatches. The benefit of an innovation is doubtful.

After years of stagnation, something is happening again in the world of Android smartwatches. Wear OS 3, which was jointly developed by Google and Samsung, has breathed new life into the almost dead platform. So that the new beginning is also visible in the Play Store, Google has now revised the guidelines for Wear OS apps.

Android smartwatches: Google publishes new guidelines for Wear OS apps

In the future, there will be three different levels of apps for Android smartwatches : basic, better, best . (Source: Android Developers via Android Central). The first category includes apps that support the basic functions of Wear OS, but do not include a separate smartwatch app. Messenger apps such as WhatsApp are an example, which make it possible to reply to incoming messages directly via the watch.

One level above there are apps that run natively on the watch and support round and square displays, for example, and can be found using a separate search in the Play Store. Wear OS apps, which also work without a connection to the smartphone and support login and authentication, belong to the king category and are one step higher.

In the video : What you need to know before buying a smartwatch.

Wear OS apps in the Play Store: no text, no device mockup

In addition to the new guidelines, which will come into force on October 15, Google has also taken on the look of the Play Store. For example, app developers are required to no longer insert screenshots of their applications in device mockups and to omit text that does not belong to the app's interface.

The benefit of this innovation is not obvious at first glance . On the contrary: Since very few users actually read the app description, the text in the screenshots helps to present the functionality of the app briefly and crisply. The ban on device mockups is also questionable, after all, users get a realistic idea of ​​what an app could look like on their smartwatch.


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