Android Wear 2.0 in a Nutshell

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.

  • Complications

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.

 

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