New Wear OS Policy: Will Provide Consistent, Easy, And Pleasant Experience For Pixel, Samsung & Fossil Watches

On February 28, 2023, Google announced upcoming policy changes aimed at the quality of apps for Wear OS and its presentation in the Google Play Store. Meanwhile, we are sharing new changes and improvements for Samsung, Fossil, and Michael Kors watches alongside the Pixel watches that will provide frequent, easy, and pleasant experiences for these watches.

New Wear OS Policy: Highlights Of Upcoming Quality Changes:

With the new WearOS policy, Google is offering a lot of changes to ensure that our latest Wear OS design and development principles receive a consistent essential experience in all apps on the Pixel watches as well as  Samsung, Fossil, and Michael Kors watches. In addition, updating publishing requirements will improve the discovery and presentation of your Wear OS app in the Google Play Store. Let’s check the new changes.

Black Background: 

Upcoming quality changes bring the new Wear OS interface, where you can only use the black background for all the apps and tiles. However, you can not use any other color for the background.

Ongoing Activity:

After new policy changes, your ongoing activity indicator will show on the watch’s face. In addition, this recent App is suitable for ongoing activity with the app launcher chip. In addition, it refers to tiles’ ongoing activity if the tile is present in the user’s tile carousel. 

Show Time: 

The App will clearly display the day’s time on the top of the home screen and any ongoing activity screen. In addition, it offers users a consistent place to see the time.

Moving on, all the above quality updates expand the visual experience, functionality, performance, and Google Play listing. These features and improvements are designed to help you provide a consistent, easy, and enjoyable experience to Wear OS-supported watches, including Pixel, Samsung, Fossil, and Michael Kors. 

With these improvements, the Search tech giant aims to improve the App’s quality and enhance the search for quality apps in the Wear OS ecosystem.

New Wear OS App Quality Requirements:

According to the information, new Wear OS requirements will be applicable from August 31, 2023. Until then, app users will continue using existing policies to Wear OS and maintain the App’s quality. All Wear OS apps must target Android 11 (API level 30). 

These Non-Pixel Watches Supported Wear OS:


  • Galaxy Watch 5
  • Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
  • Galaxy Watch 4
  • Galaxy Watch 4 Classic


  • Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition
  • Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch

Michael Kors:

  • Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw


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