After nearly a year, Google took wraps of the Android Wear 2.0. Here’s all you need to know!
It officially launched today with LG’s two new smartwatches, the LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport. With the new Android Wear 2.0, Google promises “more informative watch faces, better workouts, new ways to sue apps, more ways to stay in touch and on-the-go help from the Google Assistant.” While the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport are the first two watches running on Android Wear 2.0, there are many more smartwatches lined up to receive the update.
Existing smartwatches will be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0 starting February 15. Complete list of all the smartwatches, which will be upgraded to AW2.0, are :
• Aaus ZenWatch 2 & 3
• Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
• Casio Pro Trek Smart
• Fossil Q Founder
• Fossil Q Marshal
• Fossil Q Wander
• Huawei Watch
• LG G Watch R
• LG Watch Urbane & 2nd Edition LTE
• Michael Kors Access Smartwatches
• Moto 360 2nd Gen
• Moto 360 for Women
• Moto 360 Sport
• New Balance RunIQ
• Nixon Mission
• Polar M600
• TAG Heuer Connected
1. Standalone Apps
Apps on Android Wear 2.0 can access the internet directly over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or cellular meaning that it doesn’t need your phone to be close or even switched on to fully function. Apps can also receive push messages via Google Cloud Messaging. Since early smartwatches didn’t come with a LTE connection, this will be more of a big deal with newer devices.
2. New UI
A redesigned user interface for Android Wear 2.0 begins with a darker colour palette. Bigger changes include a new notification design and a new app launcher which takes note of the fact most Android Wear smartwatches use a round screen. New notifications will be less intrusive and the darker colours will help save battery life. Google has also added Material Design for wearables which will make everything look more consistent and prettier alongside the rest of the Android ecosystem.
3. Google Assistant
Android Wear 2.0 succeeds in bringing Google Assistant to your wrist, much like it brought it to the Google Pixel. You’ll be able to, hopefully, reply to messages and get directions simply by saying “OK Google”.
4. New Watch Face
It’s part of the UI but warrants its own section as the new complications API will make the watch faces on Android Wear much better. In simple terms it means you can add widgets to any of your watch faces to display the information that’s most important to you – whether it’s your step count or info on your precious stocks. Tapping the widgets will take to directly to the app it’s linked to as well.
TLDR (Too Long ; Didn’t Read)
1. New AW 2.0 watches will come with LTE connection which essentially means you can talk via your watch, get directions and pay via your smartwatch since it doesn’t need a smartphone for internet now.
2. AW 2.0 comes with new UI in which you can customize which widgets to display and now default launcher has a simpler UI.
3. AW 2.0 comes with Google Assistant and you can say all those things to your smartwatch now which you’d say to your phone.
4. AW 2.0 comes with Google Play Store support which means you can directly install apps on your smartwatch.
5. List of all the smartwatches (which will receive AW 2.0 update) is mentioned above!