Android Wear 2.0 is out, here’s all your smartwatch can now do
Great news for smartwatch fans who use Android Wear – the new version is finally out! This is the biggest update after 2014 when Google’s operational system for smartwatches first launched. From more customization through Google Assistant and not relying on your phone – here’s everything the new software can do:
Not needing your phone is one of the biggest features of Android Wear 2.0. This seems like a natural progression – people don’t want a smartwatch that’s just an extension of their smartphone and can’t really function without it. Now Google has figured it out. And that also means you get access to the Play Store – since the watch is doing the heavy lifting all by itself, you’ll now get to download apps directly on it.
If you’re a fan of voice-based commands, you’ll be glad to know that Google Assistant is now coming to wrist devices. With a long press of the power button you can now active Assistant on your watch and ask it questions or do whatever else it is you do when talking to a robot.
Another big update is what Google calls “complications” – that’s basically the ability to see information from third-party apps directly on your home screen. Whether it is battery life, calendar appointments or temperature from your weather app, there are now slots on your home screen for that, much like on a smartphone home screen.
Together with the release of Android Wear 2.0, LG unveiled two new watches –– the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style. But you don’t necessarily have to get one of those to enjoy the new Wear features – here’s a full list of the watches that are set to get the new update.
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