Google wearing and tearing with Android Wear 2.0



The company is promising “more informative watch faces, better workouts, new ways to use apps, more ways to stay in”. As part of the announcement there are also two new watches out from LG (Watch Style and Watch Sport), featuring the software.

More personalisation for the watch face comes in the form of incorporating actions and adata from your apps. Workouts refers to the new Google Fit features:

Google Fit, the pre-installed fitness app on most Android Wear watches, now lets you track your pace, distance, calories burned and heart rate* as you’re walking, running or cycling. You can also measure weight-lifting reps, in addition to push-ups, sit-ups and squats. When you work out with a cellular-connected Android Wear watch, you can stay in touch with calls and messages, stream tunes from Google Play Music and still use your favorite apps right on your watch.

There’s also a new on-watch Google Play Store, Material Design in the UI, Google Assistant support, and new ways to interact with messages (apparently you could even try typing your replies, though dictation sounds a better option).

In the final SDK, Google has also added API support for physical button locations and rotary input.

For an early (critical) review of the LTE watches, see JR RAphael on ComputerWorld.

Android Wear first launched back in March 2014 – see Google stretches Android to wearable technology, on your wrist – working with the likes of Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung, as well as chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm.

First out of the blocks was LG, with its Android Wear-based G Watch.

Interactive watch faces were unveiled in August 2015.

You can read our full Android Wear coverage at eyes-on-android/android-wear/

See also: How to build your own Android Wear app [Gadget Master]


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