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Google makes health coaching smarter on Wear OS

Steve Rogerson
September 4, 2018

Google is updating its Wear OS to provide smarter health coaching, give quicker access to information and notifications, and make Google Assistant more proactive.
“We’re making it easier to browse, dismiss or take action on your notifications with the new notification stream,” said Dennis Troper, director of product management for Wear OS. “Simply swipe up to see all your notifications at once. See an important message? Just tap to select a built-in smart reply without even leaving your stream. Swipe down on your watch to get quicker access to handy features and shortcuts like Google Pay or Find my Phone.”
Google Fit is making it easier to be healthy with two new activity goals: Heart Points and Move Minutes. The company worked with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organisation to design these goals based on their physical activity recommendations, which are shown to have health benefits for heart and mind.
“Now, you can simply swipe left to start a workout or see how you are tracking towards your goals,” said Troper.
With the design, users can now receive proactive and personalised help from Google Assistant.
“Let’s say you’re headed to the airport, swipe right on your watch to see your flight status or hotel reservation,” said Troper. “Tap on smart suggestions like the weather at your destination or find a restaurant near your hotel. When you’re getting ready for the day, your Google Assistant will help you stay ahead by reminding you to bring an umbrella, showing you your day’s meetings or warning you if there is a delay on your commute.”
The Google Assistant will also suggest features users may not have tried yet and will become more helpful over time as it gets to know the owner and as Google adds new features.
“We’ll begin rolling out these new features over the next month, so look out for updates on your Wear OS by Google smartwatch,” said Troper.
Some features may vary by phone OS, watch or country.