Skip to main content

Google updates Wear OS w/ faster Google Pay, new appointment design, bug fixes

Despite getting a new name earlier this year, Google’s Wear OS platform often feels neglected. Today, though, Google is releasing a new update to the Wear OS companion app which improves on a few notable areas of the platform.

Available now through the Google Play Store, the latest Wear OS companion app update lists a few new changes for Wear OS as a whole. This is one of the first times we’ve seen Google using this update method which was introduced last year.

Firstly, it mentions an update to Google Pay that should make launching the app itself much faster. Coming off of a review of the Ticwatch Pro with Google Pay, I can definitely attest to the need for faster launching of Pay. It’s been dreadfully slow, so this change is certainly welcome.

Further, this update also mentions adding a new “glanceable design” for events and appointments. It’s unclear exactly what this changes, but Wear OS already shows full-screen reminders when appointments are coming up. Presumably, this update just redesigns that UI, perhaps to make it a bit clearer.

Finally, Google also mentions that this update fixes a bug regarding incorrect time zones. We’ve not heard anything specific about this particular bug, but it must be a large enough issue for Google to call it out in the changelog.

This update is rolling out now on Google Play for all users, so simply update the app on your phone to apply the changes.


  • Pay faster with quick starting Google Pay
  • Get a more glanceable design for events & appointments
  • Get the time zone sync bug fix

Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel



Avatar for Ben Schoon Ben Schoon

Ben is a writer and video producer for 9to5Google.

Find him on Twitter @NexusBen. Send tips to or encrypted to

Ben Schoon's favorite gear