The touchscreen smart watch is getting a whole new look, and Google is bringing its Android software on the platform to make it a little easier to use.
As part of a new update to the Android platform, Android 8.0 Oreo introduces a new, less-intrusive interface for using the device’s screen, which makes it easier to get into apps without having to hit the Home button or tap the screen.
The interface is similar to what you see in Android Wear, but it’s now more accessible, and it includes a new navigation bar, which lets you switch between apps without going through a complicated process of launching them.
“We’ve taken Android 7.1 to a whole other level with the redesigned navigation bar,” said Kevin Donohue, senior director of Android and Google’s Devices Group, in a statement.
“Now it’s even easier to navigate between apps in the Android Wear app without having a Home button.”
Android 8 Oreo is the first update to Android to include a new UI for the device, so it’s likely that other devices will follow suit.
As with Android Wear watches, the new interface includes a quick-launch menu for quickly launching apps on the display, and Android’s new notification center has been improved, allowing you to quickly find apps and dismiss them, as well as quickly access the lockscreen without having the app have to open.
The new UI is available for Android 7 and up, and will be available for a limited time, starting in the coming weeks.
Android 8 has been in testing for several months now, and is still a work in progress, so there’s no firm release date just yet.
It’s possible that this update is a precursor to Android 8, but don’t expect to see it in your smartwatch just yet, as Google is only starting to make the final adjustments.
We will update this story as we learn more.