One Google I/O announcement would fix the gaping hole in Wear OS

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In this weekly column, Android Central Wearables Editor Michael Hicks talks about the world of wearables, apps, and fitness tech related to running and health, in his quest to get faster and more fit.

Google I/O 2024 arrives this Tuesday, and we expect a Wear OS 5 announcement. The last three I/Os gave us a massive Wear OS 3 overhaul (2021), a Pixel Watch reveal (2022), and a Wear OS 4 preview (2023). After two bombshells, last year’s wearable news was more perfunctory, so I’m crossing my fingers for a bounce-back year with a long-overdue fitness fix to Wear OS. 

We know that Wear OS 5 is on the I/O schedule, with a talk on “Building for the Future of Wear OS.” Google might bring up the new Hybrid Interface that gives Wear OS watches longer battery life, or perhaps it’ll announce plans to bring Wear OS watches into the new Find My network. 

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