Google announce major Android Wear 2.0 update, introduces standalone feature
Google has announced a major update to its Android Wear at the I/O conference in San Francisco. The giant hails it as “the most significant Android Wear update” since its launch two years ago. Based on feedback and user reviews, the new update has enhanced the platform to improve key experiences on its smartwatch.
The standalone app is the new standout, and it simply sets smartwatch free from tethering to mobile phone. Users would be able to use it even if the smartphone connected to it is offline or switched off. Android watch can establish connections with Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth on its own with this update. Now, it’s possible to enjoy your favorite apps related for navigation, sports and fitness, media players, games etc. on smartwatch on standalone basis.
Apparently, Google has made significant changes to existing UI to allow better user interaction with apps. There is a new notification design and app launcher to help Android Wear evolve and let users enjoy additional apps. It has introduced new watch face picker that can be swiftly changed for fun. App interface would be more consistent, intuitive and attractive.
For developers, it provides ability to pick smallest of information to display on their custom watch faces. In other words, Android smartwatch now supports what Apple calls ‘complicated features’, such as displaying date from other apps. The auto replies and handwriting recognition would be better. It can perform automatic exercise recognition and synch with third-party apps and exchange data via Google Fit.
Users can also now expect more focus on health and fitness with Andorid smartwatch.
Source: Android Developers Blogspot