A few months ago, at CES 2022, Google revealed it’s planning to introduce a feature that will allow you to unlock your Android phone with your Wear OS watch. This new option was later found hidden in a Recent Google Play Services beta version, bearing the name Smart Unlock. There was also a settings page giving some information about the new function. And now, a tweet from Esper’s Senior Technical Editor, Mishaal Rahman, sheds some more light on this upcoming feature. With Google Play Services, Rahman found that Smart Unlock is now named Nearby Unlock. He also discovered additional information on how to use the new feature and an animation showing how the new unlocking option will work.
Nearby Unlock will probably debut with the Pixel Watch this fall, and it’s expected to be available on eligible Wear OS 3 devices only.