Android Wear update to version 1.4 adds support for gestures, audio and more

Android Wear update to version 1.4 adds support for gestures, audio and more
The Android Wear update to version 1.4 brings support for a number of watch gestures. While they are turned on by default after the update, you can double check this by waking up your watch face with a touch. Swipe left, and scroll down until you see Settings. Tap on it, and touch Wrist Gestures. Not only will you be able to enable or disable wrist gestures, there is also a tutorial in the settings. Keep in mind that having the gestures on will negatively affect your battery life. With gestures, your watch will respond to the speed and direction that you move your wrist.

To scroll through cards, quickly move your watch away from you, and then slowly bring it toward you. To go back a card, you reverse the speed by slowly moving the watch away from you, and quickly moving it toward you. To take the first action on a card, hold your arm in front of you. Push down and bring your arm back to the original position. The same gesture from the main watch screen, instead of from a card, will open the apps menu.

Other changes coming with the update include the ability of an Android Wear watch with a hardware speaker, to play sounds and take calls. Not all Android Wear watches pack the necessary speakers for this. Among those that do, are the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, Huawei Watch, and the Asus ZenWatch2. With the update, you will be able to use your voice or touch to send WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, Telegram, and Nextplus messages. There will be improvements to the battery life, and support for other languages like Mandarin, Cantonese, Indonesian, Polish, Dutch, and Thai.

The update should be rolling out shortly.

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source: Google via 9to5Google

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4 Comments

1. pankajxdx unregistered

Smart move by Huawei to include a spare speaker in their watch. Moto 360 got outdated even before a world-wide release..

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not having a speaker on a watch is not the end of the world. Speakers cost a lot of battery life. So if you do a phone call on your wrist, then expect bad battery life on the watch. Besides you are carrying your phone as well, and if you think the sound quality is going to be even close to what you hear on your phone, then think again. So if you are buying a watch with a speaker expecting to get great sound out of the watch, then forget it. The other thing to remember is all Android Wear watches including the Moto 360 can pair with a Bluetooth headset or speakers. Which has much better sound quality.

3. housry23

Posts: 136; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

Wait, these gestures have been around for a while. I could do this months ago on my Moto 360. Does Phone Arena even research anything at all? Gestures have been a part of Android Wear for quite some time now.

4. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Actually "wrist gestures" feature won't affect battery life at "dimmed" screen But "Tilt to wake screen" feature is the one that I uncheck to save battery!

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