Google will soon begin mandatory quality reviews for Wear OS apps


Better Wear OS apps are coming soon 🙏

While it may be in something of a slump right now, one strong suit that Wear OS has had for some time is its developer support. There are a ton of apps available for Google’s wearable platform, and starting this year, Google will be implementing measures to ensure that apps created for Wear OS are as high quality as can be.

Google currently has an optional review process that Wear OS apps can go through, but starting October 1, 2018, all new apps that are created will be required to go through and pass it.

As Google notes in its blog post on the Android Developers Blog:

We hope this lightweight app review process will improve the quality of Wear app experiences across the wide range of devices available to your users. In addition, since screenshots are required for the Wear app review, this will improve the discovery and presentation of your Wear apps in the Google Play Store.

This review process was first introduced alongside the release of Android Wear 2.0 in February 2017, and for existing Wear OS apps, they’ll need to follow it starting March 4, 2019.

While this announcement isn’t particularly exciting on its own, it’s yet another reminder that exciting things on the horizon for Wear OS. Qualcomm will be announcing its first wearable processor in two years on September 10, and later in October, we’re expecting Google to finally announce its first-ever Pixel Watch.

What are you hoping to see from Wear OS this year?

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August 15, 2018 at 11:16AM