With the approaching release of the smartwatch operating system shared between The Google And Samsung later this year, Google today outlined some new improvements to the Play Store that will make it easier for customers to find and download apps on their Wear OS devices.
The company is speeding up the search for smartwatch apps on your phone Android and installed immediately. There are new filters that are activated when you include a “clock” or “watch face” in a Play Store search query. Based on this post, it looks like Google will also make an effort to better highlight the best and most useful wristwatch apps with more curated collections in the Wear OS and custom watch faces sections of the Play Store.
The Play Store experience on smartwatches is also improved and simplified; Google says it is now “based on Material You principles” and is better suited to the “small surface area of a watch face”. Easy-to-click cards have become more prominent in this version of the Play Store.
In cases where you want to make an in-app purchase, “Play Store now reliably prompts you to open the purchase page on your Android phone or open a URL in a web browser, for easy checkout.”
Google says these tweaks will come to the Play Store on both Wear OS and Android in the standard and vague timeframe of the “next weeks” that tech companies love so much. Although they first came to Wear OS, improvements to apps discoverability and browsing will also eventually benefit the new operating system that Google and Samsung are building together. Samsung has announced that it will announce the first consumer product to run this program, known only as “Wear,” later this year. The company recently previewed what the interface will look like in the next generation of Galaxy smartwatches.