Google Play Store opens beta of Wear OS companion app

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Last week, a handful of Google apps opened preview programs, but new versions have yet to see the light of day. The Play Store now says the Wear OS companion app is getting a beta.

We first noticed the beta sign-up when Google released a regular update to the Wear OS app tonight. This client was last refreshed in March and version 2.57 is now the latest stable release to date. There are no obvious changes.

The Play Store listing on android allows you to join — direct link here, but processing again takes some time. This is exactly the case for YouTube Music, YouTube TV, Google Clock, Google News and Play Books. Even after a week, most people are still on “Join Beta”. There have been no new versions of these apps associated with betas as far as we can tell.

At this point, it’s unclear if there aren’t new betas of these apps yet, or if there’s a bigger Play Store bug related to testing. (Existing betas continue to work as normal.)

There’s nothing really definitive connecting these apps as to why they would be receiving beta programs around the same time. The main YouTube app has long offered previews, while a redesign of Google Clock on tablets is expected.

More broadly, the future of the Android companion app is unclear with Wear OS 3. The Galaxy Watch 4 and future wearables from Samsung will likely continue to use the Galaxy Wearable app.

The question is whether the Pixel Watch will see Made by Google release its own pairing app, or whether the standard companion client will get some sort of overhaul before the other Wear OS 3 watches launch. Android Studio emulator.)

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