What is Wear OS?
Wear OS is Google’s operating system for smartwatches and other wearable devices. It allows users to access various apps and features on their wrists, such as fitness tracking, notifications, Google Assistant, and more.
|Voice messages||A new feature for Wear OS that lets users send and receive voice messages on their smartwatches|
|Wear OS||Google’s operating system for smartwatches and other wearable devices|
|Messaging app||The app that users need to update to use voice messages on Wear OS|
|Compatible smartwatch||A smartwatch that supports voice input, such as the Fossil Gen 5, the TicWatch Pro 3, or the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4|
What is the new feature?
Google has recently announced a new feature for Wear OS: voice messages. This feature lets users send and receive voice messages on their wearable devices, without typing or tapping. Users can simply press and hold the microphone icon on the messaging app, record their message, and release to send. They can also listen to voice messages from their contacts by tapping on the notification.
Why is this feature important?
Voice messages are a convenient and natural way to communicate, especially when using a small screen or when the hands are busy. Voice messages can also convey more emotion and nuance than text messages, making them more personal and engaging. By introducing voice messages to Wear OS, Google aims to enhance the messaging experience for its users and make it easier and faster to stay in touch with their friends and family.
How to use this feature?
To use voice messages on Wear OS, users need to have the latest version of the messaging app on their wearable device and their phone. They also need to have a compatible smartwatch that supports voice input, such as the Fossil Gen 5, the TicWatch Pro 3, or the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. Users can then follow these steps to send and receive voice messages:
• To send a voice message, open the messaging app on the smartwatch and select a contact or a conversation. Press and hold the microphone icon at the bottom of the screen and speak your message. Release the icon when you are done. The message will be sent automatically.
• To receive a voice message, swipe down from the top of the screen to see your notifications. Tap on the notification that says “Voice message from [contact name]”. You will see a playback icon on the screen. Tap on it to listen to the message.
Voice messages are a new feature for Wear OS that allow users to send and receive voice messages on their smartwatches. This feature can improve the messaging experience for users by making it more convenient, natural, and expressive. Users can try this feature by updating their messaging app and using a compatible smartwatch.