Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Android Wear 2.0 - Everything you need to know about the Smartwatch Update

Android Wear 2.0, Google's biggest update for smartwatch platform, will very soon be launched. Concentrating on "staying connected to what matters in the Android wear 2.0," It will have a focus on watch faces, messaging and fitness and standalone apps that should excite you, especially if you are an iPhone user.

However, here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Android wear 2.0.

Android Wear 2.0 - Play Store
Android Wear 2.0 will include a standalone Play Store, meaning you'll be able to browse and download apps right to your watch, meaning that can now install app direct to the watch and no longer from your phone. The 2.0 doesn't require the two to be paired.

Google rolled out the feature in the third version of the developer preview, and devs can now start making and publishing 2.0 apps directly to the Wear Play Store.

Android Wear 2.0: Material design
The most recent Android makeover is now making its way onto Android Wear smartwatches as well. It's being specifically optimised for Wear watches, redesigning the app launcher and creating something that's more accommodating for round screens.

The way you interact with Wear will also be changed to fit in with the app launcher. Instead of the usual left and right swipe to find your apps, pushing the side button will display them in a slight arc. There will also be a new action drawer at the bottom of the display, providing context-specific actions similar to what you'd get on a smartphone.

Android Wear 2.0: Messaging
Since the screens are so tiny, sending messages is limiting on the wrist. Hopefully, that should be alleviated a bit with 2.0's new input methods. A small keyboard can be swiped to let you type out messages, and handwriting recognition will let you draw single letters or join words to send messages.

Google will be offering its own native keyboard but is also opening the door for third-party keyboard apps to offer alternatives. And that's not all. Google is bringing over the smart replies that Gmail users will be familiar with, giving you the option of three possible responses to quickly reply to a contact.

Android Wear 2.0: Notifications
The notification cards have been redesigned as well, to show primarily light text on a black background instead of dark text on a white background. According to Google, this should help save battery life and lessen the intrusion of bright notifications.

For anyone that already uses an Android Wear watch, they will know how those Google cards have a habit of obscuring the watch faces and making the place a feel a little cluttered. Now things work a little bit differently.

Android Wear 2.0: Fitness
In the latest Wear update Google is making big improvements with Google Fit integration, including the addition of automatic activity recognition. It'll be able to open up the relevant apps if you're going on a run, a walk or a bike ride. If you start cycling, it'll automatically launch Strava.

For example. The most interesting addition though is the ability for third-party fitness apps to exchange data through Google Fit. What that means is that your Strava cycling data or calorie burn can show up in your Fitbit companion app.
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