When Android Wear first launched, we knew it would take some time to start reaching its potential. The wearable OS has been improving a lot over the past few months and it doesn’t stop there. From the Google I/O 2016 keynote, Android Wear will be getting a new major upgrade for it’s smartwatches. We’ve been anticipating an update to Google’s OS like this here at Android Wear Base for a while. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from Google’s Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch lineup.
Displaying more than just the time, watchface complications have made its initial rounds with third party watchfaces. With Android Wear 2.0, these types of interactions will be more mainstream with all watchfaces. If you’re using the new Google Fit API integration with a fitness app, you could tap a Spotify or music action to launch some workout tunes on a run. helps for fitness even without your phone. This even goes for the phone being turned off. Since the watchface complications you could watch spotify straight from the watchface.
Notifications have gotten an upgrade. Users are provided with a more app-like experience when digesting information from their Android Wear smartwatch. Another thing you can expect added to Android Wear is a native QWERTY keyboard and handwriting recognition. Currently Wear users have to rely on third party messaging apps like Wear Messenger and TypeIt Wear for more robust reply features. There will also be the new smart reply feature notable with Android’s upcoming Allo app making non-speaking situations convenient to reply to.
With the new material design UI for Wear 2.0, navigation is enhanced with navigation and action drawers similar to that of a smartphone experience. The app launcher has taken note of what makes third party launchers great. You’ll notice a scrolling carousel style navigation for apps. You can view more in this video of the Android Wear 2.0 Developer preview tour:
With Android Wear 2.0, users can expect a standalone experience without even having their phone on. Of course you can use your watch while your away currently via compatible wifi wear devices, but your phone needs to be on at the present time. Standalone apps will be more prevalent, We’re pending announcements of Google’s Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch lineup, and we’re still waiting on a finalized list for current compatible smartwatches. So far we are only aware of Huawei Watch, and LG Watch Urbane 2nd Gen LTE compatibility. Let us know what you think so far ofr Android Wear 2.0. We’ll have more Android wearable news later here at Android Wear Base.