Big Android feature drop adds some cool new Wear OS and smart home tricks

Google has got into the groove of pushing out new Android features in between major updates such as Android 14, and the latest of these to land is particularly useful if you use a Wear OS watch on your wrist to control your smart home.

There are 11 new features in total, as per Google’s blog post, across a range of devices – but it’s perhaps the Wear OS ones that are most interesting. You can now, for example, control a wider range of appliances from your wrist, including robot vacuums and mops, and put a Google Assistant shortcut on your watch face.