New evidence suggests a watch version may be in the works
The Google News experience is pretty slick on our Android smartphones, but so far the app lacks a Wear OS version. However, as part of Google’s renewed commitment to Wear OS and the release of the Pixel Watch, one could be in production. New evidence suggests that Google may be preparing a super-simple version of the Google News feed that you can read right from your watch.
According to a Reddit user who managed to access the Google News Play Store listing from their watch, Google has a screenshot that looks like a watch-optimized version of the app. Despite the fact that the app is not yet available for download on Wear OS (searching for “Google News” on the Play Store version of the smartwatch returns no results), you can clearly see what looks like as a tile to read the news, as well as a very simplified version of the app’s news feed. There is also the option to open full news posts on your smartphone. The user accessed the list with an alternative that involved the Google Assistant’s app search functionality.
That app’s user interface, from what the screenshots show, looks a lot like the user interface of Google’s other Wear OS 3 apps, but it’s hard to tell if those screenshots have changed. how long it stays there unnoticed. One of the screenshots shows a preview of a The Verge article that was published over a year ago. That probably means this has been in development for a while.
We don’t know when or if the Google News app will be available on smartwatches, but if these screenshots show anything, at least Google is entertaining the concept. .