Google reportedly has Gmail and Calendar apps in the works for Wear OS

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Google recently launched the Pixel Watch and breathed new life into Wear OS after years of neglect, but how serious is Google really about its second move in the smartwatch market? Getting flagship apps up and running on the platform will be a good sign of support, and a new report from 9to5Google says some key players are on the way. The report states: “We learned that Google is testing both Gmail and Calendar for Wear OS. The experience was described to us as “full”, but we were not able to find out if it involved creating events or creating new emails.”

Developing any wearable app would be a big step forward for the Google Workspace suite, which for whatever reason has been very hesitant about wearables for the past eight years. Workspace doesn’t even have apps for the Apple Watch, let alone Wear OS. Google’s biggest productivity rival, Microsoft, has an Outlook app for both wearable platforms.

Wear OS mirrors your smartphone notifications, so for something like Gmail, you can see, read, and send a reply to a new Gmail message when it comes to your notifications. You can even send a new email by voice without the app if you know the address or have a contact. What you can’t do are most of the normal browsing tasks like checking your inbox and searching your old mail. It would also be nice to have clock-centric notification options instead of just mirroring your phone’s settings.

A full calendar app would also be nice, but Wear OS already has a half-hearted calendar app called “Agenda” which only seems to be built-in and is not available in the Play Store. As you can imagine, this is a really simple app and only shows a Google Calendar’s agenda view for the next three days.

Gmail is a weird omission, as there are tons of similar apps on Wear OS already. The Google Messages app shows a list of SMS messages in an inbox that you can tap and read. It works great and a Gmail app with exactly the same layout would be a good start; Google just needs to generate it. Google Chat also lacks a wearable app and works just fine in a similar setup.

Really, the only Google productivity app for Wear OS is Google Keep, so Google has a lot of work to do to bring its Wear OS app lineup to a reasonable level. Also, it’s been seven years and the Apple Watch doesn’t seem like a fad, so Google may want to launch a Gmail app for that too.

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