Android Wear 2.0 unveiled: the biggest update to Google's wearable platform

At Google I/O 2016, the company has unveiled a brand new version of its wearable platform, which happens to be the biggest update to it ever: welcome Android Wear 2.0.

Android Wear 2.0 brings improvements to three key areas of your smartwatch:

  • the watchface
  • messaging
  • fitness
First, the changes to the way watchfaces works: now, any watchface can show data from any app, so you can mix and match styles with the information you need. This will allow you to use that watchface you've liked previously, but could not use because they showed limited information.

Next, messaging. This is probably the most profound change to Android Wear: you can now type on your watch with handwriting recognition. Say you receive a text asking you when you'd meet up with your friend. You can now easily write on the screen "3pm" with your finger and have the screen scroll to free up the most space for typing. It will then recognize what you've written and send it as a reply.

Next, Google has heard users who want to use their watch as a personal coach. Android Wear 2.0 devices will now feature Google Fit automatic activity recognition, so apps like Strava can start tracking your run as soon as you start running, without requiring you to manually turn the Tracking on. Apps can also now exchange data with Google APIs, for a better synced user experience.

Finally, Wear 2.0 is expanding the ways to listen to music when you work out. You now no longer need to have your phone to listen to music: even when you leave your phone behind, your watch can still play your favorite music and it integrates with popular apps like Spotify straight from the watchface.

source: Google



5. viberola

Posts: 3; Member since: May 18, 2016

Is this update avilable for first gen android wear ??

4. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This will be a nice update

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1886; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

This just made my urbane 2 purchase worth it!!! I was thinking about returning it, since the standalone mode was pretty blah... This update can't come soon enough!!

2. maherk

Posts: 7104; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

When should we expect it to land on our smartwatches?

1. surethom

Posts: 1778; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Android wear/google fit still missing the killer feature Health, as well as steps & calories it needs to record heart rate & more importantly record ypur sleep durations & patent like Jawbone & microsoft band. This would kill the smart health band market.

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