Wear OS introduces new keep and Spotify tiles, Google Wallet adds transit card support

Google is set to enhance the functionality of Wear OS watches with the introduction of three new features, including a range of new Tiles. During last month’s I/O 2023 conference, Google unveiled a trio of additions to Wear OS, with Spotify being the recipient of three new Tiles.

One of these Tiles is designed specifically for podcasts, displaying the latest episodes from your subscribed channels. Another Tile grants users quick access to playlists and other content that is frequently played. Each Tile includes a “More” button, enabling users to browse further within the Spotify app.

Additionally, a “DJ” Tile will be made available, offering users easy access to their personalized music lineup. Alongside these new Tiles, a new complication in the form of the Spotify icon will be introduced. While users were previously able to place an app icon, this new complication will be themed to match the accent color of the watch face, deviating from the traditional green color scheme.

Google Keep, the note-taking application, will also receive an update, introducing a single-note Tile. This feature will allow users to pin a list to the left or right side of their watch face, alongside the existing “Note creation” shortcuts.

Lastly, Wear OS will integrate Google Wallet with support for transit cards. Initially, this feature will be available for Clipper cards (BART) in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as Washington, D.C.’s SmarTrip cards. Compatible with devices running Wear OS 2+, users will be able to conveniently tap their watch on the transit card reader.

Today marks the beginning of the rollout of these updates for Wear OS, enhancing the user experience and expanding the functionality of Wear OS watches.

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