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New Android Wear Gestures Coming in Second Update

16 Nov , 2015  

Gestures as you know are currently available to Android Wear watches, however Google is about to push out even more. Previously before the update we are only able to scroll through cards with the flick of the wrist. Check out these new actions you can take in the new gesture update below! Note that you’ll need to have Android Wear running on 1.4.0 and higher.

Interacting with a card:

For selecting options in a menu or go back a screen.

To see more details or take an action

See more details or take action gestureHold your arm in front of you and quickly push down, and bring it back normally to the original position.

Pushing down on a card will take you to that card’s first action. Pushing down a second time will select that first action, which is the most common action. There is not a way to select or perform an action after the first action using solely gestures.

Going back

Go back gestureHold your arm in front of you and quickly pivot up, and bring it back normally to the original position.

Note: Pivoting up does not exit an app. To go back to the watch face, shake your wrist.

For replying to a message, you can use this pivot up gesture to see the original message. You can also use this gesture to cancel a voice action before it sends.

 

From the watchface:

To open the apps menu

When on the main watch face screen, hold your arm in front of you and quickly push down, and bring it back normally to the original position.

To pull down settings from the watch face

When on the main watch face screen, slowly turn wrist away from you then quickly flick back towards you.

 

Back to the watchface:

To return to the watch face

Hold your arm in front of you and shake your wrist out and in quickly a couple of times.
You can use this gesture to go back to the watch face or cancel an action before it’s completed.
Learn more about how to use your watch.

 

The convenience from this new update is welcomed by many. It also has us wondering if future Android Wear updates and models will make things like Deus Ex Aria irrelevant. Gestures shouldn’t completely replace swiping on your smartwatch. Rather, this is complimentary for certain situations. Keep in mind you can also turn off wrist gestures as well if it’s not your thing. What do you think of the new update?

 

From the latest Android Wear Help Section:
https://support.google.com/androidwear/answer/6312406?hl=en&ref_topic=6056409

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