Here’s a brief rundown of the best new features of Android Wear 2.0:
- Dark design
Nothing to do with Star Wars. Gone are the cards and a new flatter approach has been taken.
A pretty ambitious inclusion, this allows third-party developers include data from other apps into watch faces.
- Standalone apps
Using a mix of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or LTE apps will not rely on your phone for information, instead, they can operate without assistance.
- Native Google Play store
You can go straight to Google Play on your Android Wear device and install apps. Additionally, you can install from a computer on the Play Store Webpage.
- Improved notifications
Smaller icons are being used instead of the intrusive cards that obscured most of the watch face.
- Improved Messaging and input
Handwriting recognition is now an option in addition to the spoken and emoji drawing. There are new Smart Replies also.
- On screen keyboard
A native keyboard with swiping on the tiny screen might sound cumbersome however reports are it’s very easy to use.
- Improved Fitness
Automatic activity recognition and a Google Fit API so data can sync with third party running apps.
- Android Pay
An NFC-equipped Wear device will be swipable at the cashier’s terminal. You can select a card on the watch face.
- Google Assistant
Wear 2.0 will be able to hold contextual conversations to deliver information. Looks at have the same level of depth as the phone counterpart.
- Rotational input support
LG have the digital crown on the side to allow scrolling through the menus. This will be supported for any manufacturers wishing to adopt.