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Android Wear update activates the speaker on certain watches, adds new gestures

Android Wear update activates the speaker on certain watches, adds new gestures
Google is pushing out a major update to Android Wear that will activate the speakers on certain smartwatches. Timepieces like the Huawei Watch and the 49mm Asus ZenWatch 2 each come out of the box with a speaker, allowing users to make or take calls using Bluetooth. However, the speaker needs to be activated by Google, which it is with this update. Using an app like Glide, those with the Huawei Watch or the ZenWatch 2 (49mm) can listen to audio/visual messages following the update.

Other changes include the addition of new gestures to make navigating an Android Wear timepiece easier. Flicking your wrist will allow you to scroll up and down your card stream. Certain gestures will allow you to expand a particular card, bring up your apps and return to the watch face. The update will also allow users to send messages using a voice command. Certain messaging apps like Google Hangouts, Nextplus, Telegram, Viber, WeChat, and WhatsApp will support this new feature. You will be able to say, “OK Google, Send a WhatsApp message to Charlene: The Panthers will win the Stanley Cup."

The update will be sent out over the next few weeks, so be on the lookout for it



source: Android via AndroidCentral

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posted on 04 Feb 2016, 12:56 2

1. maherk (Posts: 3724; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Another reason why I am pleased with my choice for going with the HW over the Moto 360 2

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 13:06

2. NexusX (Posts: 507; Member since: 16 May 2013)


finally...i can't believe this and nfc features are still an afterthought.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 18:47 1

5. sgodsell (Posts: 3627; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the only Android Wear watch that had NFC. That is another thing that has to be activated in Wear. However with that said, I can still pay for some things using barcodes on my watch. Like Starbucks and Tim Horton's, there are others as well.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 15:00

3. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Glad I haven't bought an Android Wear device yet with the lack of features yet activated and not enough independence away from a phone I was hoping for.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 17:29 1

4. Doakie (Posts: 2003; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Hmmm. My $50 LG G Watch works excellent for only $50. Although I'm a Letter Carrier so I work in a job that having controls on my wrist is VERY handy. So the speaker in the Zenwatch 2 sounds very tempting to me.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 19:06 3

6. sgodsell (Posts: 3627; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Baracus please list all the other features not activated. Android Wear already has WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, compass, barometers, accelerometers, gyroscopes, pedometers, temperature, heart rate monitors, light sensors, all kinds of screen sizes and types of displays, and now speakers. It's great that Android Wear now has speaker support. However if you wanted to listen to music or podcasts, you could always do that with any Android Wear device. Users could listen if you have a Bluetooth headset or speaker. Developers have the ability to create native Wear apps or Android phone or tablet apps that have Android Wear functionality.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 19:24

7. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Doesn't allow connecting over wifi independently from phone.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 20:57 1

8. S.Yashwanthram (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


*Asus ZenWatch 2 is the perfect budget smartwatch ( Rs.11999 only )
*Charge lasts for 3 days with minimal usage
for heavy usage it lasts for 1.5 days.
*no need of heart rate sensor and NFC as i have it on my S5
*waiting for 1.4 update for speaker support

Thumbs up for ASUS

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 21:00

9. droidboy (Posts: 50; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


I just want the connection issues to get fixed. I love android wear... Just wish it worked!

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 21:32

10. Mreveryphone (Posts: 581; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Glad I picked up the Asus zen watch 2.

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