A new settings page for Smart Unlock appears to be teasing the release of a dedicated app for the Google Pixel Watch this fall.

Regarding APK Insight: We’ve decompiled the most recent version of an app that Google put on the Play Store in our APK Insight post. When we decompile these files—known as APKs for Android apps—we can find numerous lines of code that allude to potential future features. Remember that Google might or might not ever deploy these features, and our understanding of what they are might be limited. However, we’ll try to give those that are nearly finished a chance to demonstrate how they’ll seem if they do ship. Read on with that in mind.

Google hinted that Wear OS 3 devices would soon be able to unlock your Android phone, tablet, or Chromebook back in January. With regard to security and most likely speed, the feature is expected to be a significant improvement over Android’s original Smart Lock. Google made it appear likely that this updated unlocking capability will debut on the (at the time unnamed) Pixel Watch by specifically stating that this would only operate with qualified Wear OS 3 devices.

We appear to have proof of it in the most recent Google Play Services beta upgrade, version 22.22. We were able to forcibly enable a new Smart Unlock settings page, which explains how your Android phone will be unlocked automatically as long as your watch is unlocked, on your wrist, and close to your phone.

More significantly, a paragraph at the bottom of the page makes it clear that you must configure your watch using the Google Pixel Watch app.

Connect your watch to your phone using the Google Pixel Watch app to configure Smart Unlock. For Smart Unlock to work, your watch and phone must be connected.

The Google Pixel Watch will not use the same companion app as the majority of other Wear OS watches do, as is evident from this. Instead, it will make use of a separate app, just like the Galaxy Watch 4. This resembles how the Google Pixel Buds employ a specific app rather than the built-in audio options of Android in some ways.

Having said that, it is yet unclear how the Google Pixel Watch app will be different from the Wear OS app. The Google Pixel Watch app should at the very least provide a much-needed Material You interface in contrast to the outdated Wear OS app.

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The author of this article is Dylan Roussel .
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