Wow, Google, show us just how you’re wearing OS.

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Wear OS, the Google smartwatch platform, haven’t had much love from the company, but frankly, the neglect begins to be ridiculous. According to 9to5Google, it’s now difficult for new Wear OS watch owners to install certain apps when developers have informed them that they have done away with their old app installation.

In 2017, Google changed the way wear OS users downloaded third-party applications on their smartwatches (then Android Wear 2.0). to back up somewhat. Smartwatch applications have previously been bundled with phone versions. But Google then introduced an independent, independent app store. This move was designed to decrease the functionality of wear operating system watches, yet the old method was still an option, so if you wanted to find out which applications were being installed on your wear operating system watch through the Play Store Apps on your Phone.

However, Google apparently sent developers an e-mail last month that this legacy embedded model would have been broken by March 10th. Google said in its e-mail that it was taking away the built-in legacy app model because it added too much spoil to the APK for non-smartwatch users. It also revealed that apps that use this method would be removed from your phone apps section and also uncovered on the on-screen Play Store. It was also urged developers to migrate to the new multi-APK model, thus reducing the voltage of their apps. Their application could be discovered.

An independent, in-house app store is not bad. (Hell, only one with the Series 5 was taken by Apple.) However, looking for apps that you know perfectly well to exist does not always work as you want if you have ever used Wear OS. For ejemplo, on the Wear OS Play Store I have tried to search the interface for well-known apps such as Uber and Google Maps. Typing on a small screen can never be fun and the whole thing can be slow tediously depending on which processor your Wear OS watch has. You just download one or two apps, not horrible. However, it is much easier to jump away from apps you are already using on your phone that work on your watch if you set up a new smartwatch. Forcing users of Wear OS—especially those who loyally download everything on the platform for many years—is dumb. Forcing new Wear OS users to do this is to hate the platform or to under-use one of the most robust smartwatch applications from third parties.

Apart from the incident, the other problem is that the Apps on your phone option will go to poof during the night if you buy a new telephone and repaid your existing Wear OS watch. You may be fighting an uphill battle if apps you rely on have not updated to the new ways of doing things—and let’s be real, some development companies have no hesitation in prioritizing wear operating systems apps. In at least one example, a diabetes user has taken a Wear OS subscription to note that they cannot use the Dexcom G6 glucose monitor computer app any more after upgrading to a Pixel 5. The app was on your phone, but it was not available now after a factory update was re-paired to install it on their watch. There are workarounds, of course, but that’s not the average person’s time to do that.

This is not a great example. For users of wear operators Dexcom definitely deserves some heat. After all, this change was coming from Google’s email developers and they have to keep their apps updated. But it also makes good use of Google to invest in this platform.

Here is the way Google leads. What is it like when Google gives priority for an Apple Watch YouTube Music app over its own platform if you’re an app developing? You should be encouraged when wear OS gets no updates to launch new versions? How about Google’s knowledge that for months the “Hey Google” trigger keyword for Wear OS Assistant has been broken?

One of Android’s biggest reasons to wear OS using Samsung Tizen is that it’s a robust app store, Google Assistant and Google Pay – although you may not be able to do so soon. There are now asterisks for two out of three of these reasons. When upgrading to a new phone, users should not depend on workingarounds or even factory re-establish your wear OS reloads. Google here had the option of finding another way, educating users and developers about what was happening.