'Tiles' bring Wear OS closer to the clean Apple Watch experience 1

May 10, 2019 by admin with 0 comments

‘Tiles’ bring Wear OS closer to the clean Apple Watch experience


‘Tiles’ bring Wear OS closer to the clean Apple Watch experience

'Tiles' bring Wear OS closer to the clean Apple Watch experience 2

We got a closer look at the Wear OS ‘Tiles’ mini-screens at Google IO 2019, and found the newly launched UI is a trajectory toward a cleaner, more purpose-based interface.

Tiles are one-and-done mini-apps Wear OS users access by swiping right from the home screen. Each Tile is a discrete mini-chunk of information, from weather to a reminder of your next upcoming event – things that could be combined into single screens on larger devices, but which occupy just enough info on a single Tile screen.

Tiles fall somewhere between complications and full-blown apps

On paper, Tiles seem a bit superfluous: they’re somewhere between the mini-notification “complications” sprinkled across a Wear OS-running watch’s home screen and full-blown smartwatch apps. In practice, though, they could streamline the way users flow through essential information in bite-sized chunks, which is much simpler to navigate than denser multi-screen apps.

“It’s a new surface that’s fast and focused on one use case,” Tiles Product Manager Francois Deschenes told TechRadar. They’re optimized for consuming from wrist devices, with tons of user feedback to refine how much – or how little – info should be parceled out in each tile.

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