9to5Google spotted the update to the Google Keep app for Wear OS that brings this new Tile to a select number of smartwatches. Keep is the fourth Google app to get this treatment, following Clock, Fit, and YouTube Music. The company still has a lot of work to do, but it might be picking up the pace with the launch of the Pixel Watch just around the corner.
The latest version of Keep for Wear OS now has a Tile screen with two large buttons for creating a new note or a new checklist, as well as a pill button to browse existing notes. This should reduce the number of swipes and taps you’ll have to do just to take a quick note. It won’t change anything in the way you still have to dictate or swipe the text, but it can still be a significant time saver.
Unfortunately, this good news comes with a rather disappointing catch for Wear OS fans. The new Tile seems to be available only on Wear OS 3, as users of older Wear OS versions have reported the absence of the Tile. This, in turn, means that Google Keep’s new Tile is only available on the Galaxy Watch 4 and 5 series as well as the Montblanc Summit 3, the only smartwatches running the latest version of Wear OS so far. There will be new smartwatches coming later this year, including the Pixel Watch, so the narrative could change for the better soon. Whether or not it will become available on older versions of Wear OS, however, is probably unlikely.