Google’s initiatives to enhance the entire experience on Android devices have been disclosed in the most recent APK breakdown of its Play Services app, which comes as more and more Wear OS devices have begun to hit the market.
Google Play Services is getting ready to add support for backing up smartwatch data when moving to a new device, according to an app deconstruction by XDA-Developers that uncovered new strings in the beta version 22.32.12 build of the app.
One of the strings had the following prompts in its name: “Back up your device with Google One/Back up by Google One/Choose a backup account.”
Users currently need to perform a factory reset on their Wear OS smartwatch before pairing it with a new Android smartphone. The experience would be significantly improved by the addition of a device backup option.
The fact that Google One, a premium Google subscription, is mentioned is intriguing. Although a Google One membership is not necessary to access the service, Google’s device data backups for iOS and Android may be managed and configured via the Google One app.
According to the article, Google would not place a function like this behind a paywall as Google One subscribers pay for more storage on their Google accounts.
Updates for Google’s Camera apps for Wear OS and Android apparently began to be released recently as well.
Minor upgrades are made to the Google Camera app for Pixel devices, while the Wear OS app—which is essentially a remote control for Pixel users—receives significant updates and is completely redesigned from the outgoing version.
For a time now, an upgrade to the Wear OS camera software has been overdue. The newest Wear OS-powered Pixel Watch from Google is also anticipated to go on sale in the near future.
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