Google officially presented the Android Wear 2.0 at the Google I/O 2016
The Android N and the VR: Daydream might have been the stars of the I/O 2016 but the company didn’t leave behind the Android Wear as well. The platform for wearable tech is getting a new update soon, the Android Wear 2.0. It comes with a refreshed design. One of the big improvements in the new upgrade is that smartwatches powered by it will be capable of working as standalone devices. This means that you won’t be stuck to always pair the smartphone with the timepiece in order to use the latter.
The smartwatches that have the needed hardware will connect to Wi-Fi networks but they will also support cellular connectivity. The improved Material Design of the Android 2.0 is the most obvious change. Google launched a guidance to the new design for everyone interested (check it out at the link below). The Android Wear 2.0 features new input methods and a variety of standalone apps.
New watch faces will have abundance of new options for users who prefer to see certain app data on their watch face. The messaging is getting improved as well with handwriting support, smart replies and a keyboard. Google is launching the Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview this week. The compatible smartwatches that can take advantage of it are: the Huawei Watch and the LG Watch Urbane Second Edition. The release of the upgrade is scheduled for this fall. Stay tuned.