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Google Is Working On Developing A Google News App For Wear OS Smartwatches

Play Store screenshots provide an early look at its user interface and features.

Google is working on a Wear OS version of the Google News app after releasing the Google Home app for Wear OS on the Play Store shortly after announcing the Pixel Watch earlier this month. The app has already appeared on the Play Store, providing us with an early look at its UI and features.

The Google News app for Wear OS appears to have a new layout optimized for the tiny display on Wear OS smartwatches, as first spotted by Reddit user u/adan89lion (via 9to5Google). It displays the “Top news” headlines, as well as images and previews of news posts that you can open on your connected smartphone. The Play Store listing, however, does not specify whether the app will also allow you to open ports on the watch itself.

It’s worth noting that the Google News app for Wear OS isn’t yet available in the Play Store. It only appears as a result of a clever workaround involving Google Assistant. According to the Redditor, asking Google Assistant to “open Google news” results in a prompt to download the app from the Play Store. This will take you to the Play Store listing, which includes the screenshots shown above. We tested the workaround on our Galaxy Watch 4, and it works. 9to5 According to Google, it also works on the Pixel Watch. However, the app is currently marked as incompatible with both smartwatches.

Google has yet to officially announce the app, but given that it has already appeared on the Play Store, it shouldn’t be long before the company makes it available to users. We’ll provide more information about the app once it’s available for download.

Are you excited about the Google News app for Wear OS? Would you rather read entire posts on your smartwatch or open them on your phone through your smartwatch? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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