It two years ago, Google introduced its first mobile platform for portable devices. During the I/O 2016 Google, the search giant unveiled the first major update for Android Wear. Let’s take a look at what has changed.
Android Wear is the operating system powering smartwatches manufacturers like Samsung, Sony and Huawei. At its developer conference I/O 2016, Google announced a massive overhaul of the software, including a shedload new features that should make it more fun, more functional, and a much more capable Apple rival shows. Android Wear has perhaps been dealt a major blow by Samsung, the company revealed that all future devices will now struggling with its own software Google OS Tizen instead. According to Samsung executives speaking at Fast Company, the South Korean technology giant has opted for its own operating system in brand consistency interest.
Apart from smartphones, laptops and tablets Samsung, all other products and devices using Tizen as their base, including refrigerators and connected TVs.
The company also cited the effectiveness of the improved battery Tizen on Android Wear platform from Google. To date, the company produced only one using Android Wear smartwatch, while the majority of its aircraft have run Tizen. Samsung has apparently attempted to back away from those comments, however. “Samsung has not made any announcements about Android Wear,” a statement read, “and we have not changed our commitment to one of our platforms.”
One of the main changes to the platform is in its reliability. Android Wear needed an Android phone paired with it to get notifications and applications, even running. Wear it with Android 2.0 becomes independent, which means that smartwatches does not need an Android phone as a companion.
With the support of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even cellular connections, Android Wear 2.0 can now install and wear synchronization applications independently.
Android Wear finally gets a new coat of paint, the company provides its sensitivities model equipment in the mobile operating system. It is darker than ever, and seems much more in harmony with the appearance of Android full fat.
It has also been tweaked specifically for round devices, which claims Google make up the majority of Android wear smartwatches. This mainly consists of a new launch vehicle, which scrolls your applications around the side of the dial, rather than a straight list.
It is incredibly smooth and professional, but more importantly, it also adds more features, in that most of your applications are visible at once. Notifications have also changed, and will feature smaller icons, more carefully designed.
Keyboard as a new input methods
Another important feature that Google introduced Android Wear 2.0 are the new input methods. This means a full keyboard has been added with Swype-like abilities and a way of handwriting recognition allowing you to draw letters directly on the screen. I do not know if a full keyboard will be something as easy to use compared to voice dictation, but we can not wait to try.
Android Wear allowed users to dictate responses since its launch, while offering a selection of canned answers, but no option is especially convenient, and this feature adds a lot more ease of use of the software.
He fights with slightly longer messages, but since it is designed to hit on basic quick answers, this should not prove a problem. Speaking of canned responses Porter, they have also changed. Google integrates intelligent answers Gmail, giving users an automatically generated list of three contextually relevant answers.
Google has redesigned the launcher and notifications of Android Wear, which makes most responsive and intuitive platform. From the darker user interface, Google wants Android Wear to take advantage of OLED screens used on most smartwatches. With such a small battery in these devices, a darker interface will most likely save battery.
The new Android Wear carousel launcher application is easier to use compared to the first iteration and also takes advantage of the screen real estate of the round screen much better.
Watch face complications
While Android Wear has a fairly robust selection dials in different styles to choose from, many of them are distinctly lack of functionality. 2.0 wear is set to remedy that with the introduction of “complications”.
Complications display application data such as battery level, the number of steps or the number of e-mails, similar to widgets on a smartphone. They can extract data from the two process system and third party applications.
This means that Android Wear watch faces will become much more useful, displaying a range of handy information without having to dig through notification cards.
The API is something Complications Wear application developers will appreciate. For the common user means more customization to the faces of the watch and better access to certain applications.
This essentially allows applications to add data directly to look at faces. For example, if you have calendar events and want to see when the next one is, you can add a “complication” to your favorite watch face that will show you all this.
Google Fit as Fitness detection
One of the main reasons to use a smartwatch is to keep track of your sport activity. Google Fit app, the company’s stock fitness app, now has the ability to automatically detect the activity, if you are running, walking or cycling, and connect automatically. Data sharing between the various different applications fitness specialist has also been revamped.
This is good news for fitness enthusiasts, especially as it appears that fitness trackers dedicated as Fitbit may not be as accurate as they were made out to be.
Check out the Google’s video featuring some of these changes:
For now, Android Wear 2.0 is available for LG Watch Urbane and Huawei 2nd Edition Watch. More watches will be added later.
You can already download the Developer Preview if you have one of those two here.