Android Wear 2.0: Final guide to the major Android Wear Smartwatch update
Android Wear 2.0: Finally the biggest update of Android Wear 2.0 released for Google smartwatch OS. The LG Watch Style and the LG Watch Sport are the lead devices for the updated platform and currently both are available, at least in the US.
As well, a new Android Wear 2.0 Smartwatches of plethora are in the channel, and also you can update your existing Wear Smartwatch soon.
The belated update of Android Wear 2.0, which adds a whole host of new features such as it has an weight on custom watch faces, fitness and standalone apps. iPhone users are also in line for a much better iOS / Android Wear experience.
See here, what you’ll need to know about Android Wear 2.0
Android Wear 2.0: Standalone Apps
Standalone apps are the biggest change for the Wear ecosystem up to now. In Android Wear 2.0 you don’t need your phone close to use apps on your Android Wear device. Using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or cellular instead of depending on a tethered phone or cloud syncing; now your smartwatch keeps much more functional away from your phone.
Which are Smartwatches most enabled Wi-Fi, it can already connect up to Wi-Fi but this is a vast deal for Android Wear watch owners who also happen to have iPhones. It means now you can download apps straight to the watch, making up for the previous lack of app support available when paired with Apple’s Smartphone.
Android Wear 2.0: Play Store
As part of the grand untethering of phone and watch, Android wear 2.0 now includes a standalone Play Store, meaning you’re able to browse and download apps right to your Smartwatch.
That’s means you don’t need to install the apps on your phone, Watch itself install the apps as Android Wear 2.0 doesn’t require two to be paired.
Android Wear 2.0: Material Design
Recent, the most changes has now finished its way onto Android Wear Smartwatches. But it’s not simple cut and paste job.
The design has been specifically optimized for Wear watches, also redesigning the app launcher and creating something that’s more helpful for round screens. The user interface also been changed to fit in with the app launcher. In place of the usual left and right swipe to find your apps, pushing the side button them in a slight arc. Through holding and dragging the apps you can put your favourite apps up the top.
At the bottom of the display also there is a new action drawer, providing context-specific actions similar to what you’d get on a Smartphone.
These new menus of Android Wear 2.0 and the like are also much easier to control thanks to wear 2.0 supporting a rotational input.
Android Wear 2.0: Watch faces
Android Wear has been playing become equal with Apple’s Watch OS in building its watch faces more useful. In Android Wear 2.0, you are able to view multiple data from different third-party apps on the watch face. Just think complications on Apple Watch. Actually, that’s exactly what Google is calling the new watch face widgets- complications.
Now, also users will be able to have data from Spotify and Google Fit, for example, displayed on a single watch face and can also interact with them- device can supply data to any watch face using the API.
Now it’s much better the way you can pick and change watch faces. For that you can simply line up your favourite faces and swipe from the existing watch face to access them. such as, you could have three different faces aligned, complete with relevant complications, for work, running and home-time and access them with easy swiping.
Android Wear 2.0: Messaging
Since the screens are so small, sending messages is limiting on the wrist, but that should hopefully be improved a bit with Android Wear 2.0’s new input methods. A small keyboard can be swiped to let you type out messages, and handwriting recognition will allow you draw single letters or join words to send messages.
Google is also offering its own native keyboard but is also give the opportunities for third-party keyboard apps to offer options.
Google is also giving you option of three possible responses to quickly reply to a contact. These smart replies are generated on the watches themselves, that’s means no personal info is shared with Google’s servers.
Replying to messages no longer requires swiping to another screen either, as you are able to tap on the message and view more data before deciding on your next course of action.
Android Wear 2.0: Fitness
Well, Android wear is becoming a better place for fitness lovers. Above all with the arrival of the likes of the Moto 360 Sport, Polar M600, Nixon’s The Mission and the New Balance RunIQ. And the new LG Watch Sport too, obviously.
In the most recent Wear update Google has made big improvements with Google Fit addition, as well as the addition of different activity counting within Fit think press-up representatives and the like.
If you want to working out with music, then it’s much easier to launch your workout playlist, whether that’s from Spotify or another music service, direct from the Wear Homescreen. For that you don’t need to turn on your phone.
Talking of music, streaming tunes is now a choice. The updated Google Play Music app allows you to stream music not stored on your watch using Wi-Fi or LTE connectivity.
When you work out with a cellular –connected Android Wear device, you can still use the calling and messaging functionality.
Android Wear 2.0: Notifications
Those who have used an Android Wear watch will know how those Google notification cards had a habit of obscuring the watch faces and making the place a feel a little disorderly. Now things work a little bit differently.
When you get the cards, the watch face will display smaller icons in place of huge messages that take up space. They are also being more manageable with a progress bar on the bottom display showing you how many cards are left in the stack.
When you raise your watch to activate it, it pulls up the card notification before it hides away again. You are still able to swipe up from the bottom to go through your notifications as normal, but it gives Android Wear a much cleaner look and feel.
The notification cards themselves have been redesigned too, to show primarily light text on a black background in place of dark text on a white background. Along with Google, this should help save battery life and reduce the intrusion of bright notifications.
Android Wear 2.0: Android Pay
Android Pay is on panel Wear 2.0, bringing contactless payments to Smartwatches that pack NFC.
Similar to its Apple and Samsung opponents, you simply load up your bank card to the device and tap away to buy that coffee or pretzel
Android Wear 2.0: Google Assistant
Android Wear 2.0 also adds Google Assistant to your smartwatch, helping you to find answers using your voice. It’s like Alexa but less good.
You can ask Google Assistant about the weather, get it to set timers or remind you to buy a coffee or a pretzel – you just hold down the standby button on your watch or say “Ok Google.”