Android Wear 2.9 update for the phone app to roll out within days

Android Wear 2.9 update for the phone app to roll out within days
According to the Android Wear support page, Google is now ready to send out Android Wear 2.9. The update will start rolling out in a few days. Keep in mind that this is not an OTA update for an Android Wear powered timepiece. Instead, this update is for the Android Wear app that is installed on the phone. The update includes a new notification complication that allows you to view previews of your messages. Another change adds "improved glanceability in notification cards with longer titles."

In addition, a dot will be found by default at the bottom of a watch face to indicate an unread notification. Before the Android Wear 2.9 update, this was a feature that you had to enable to turn on. The dot will be white by default, although developers can change the color if white doesn't mesh well with a particular watch face. We told you all about some of these new notification features for Android Wear last month, when Google added them to Android Wear SDK. Version 2.2.0.

Besides the notification dot, Android Wear powered watches can show you how many unread notifications you have on your smartwatch. This number can be seen on the system tray, or placed at a unique location on the watch face.


source: Google

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9 Comments

1. checkmymike

Posts: 219; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Why didnt android wear gain traction when it was the first in the market before apple watch?

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Not that many people know about it. While Apple Watch has been all over the news and the topic of talk show hosts (usually in a humorous way but that doesn't matter, people know about it). Also, Android brands rarely have buyers who buy just about anything from their brand without having the actual need for that product.

9. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

Any recommendations for a smartwacth to use as a voice only phone for a senior citizen? Maybe one that can pair with her hearing aids? My 95 year old mom lost her phone and I need to replace it with something. Sprint or Tmobile. Thanks.

2. _nundo

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 07, 2018

Because it was half baked when they released it. The hardware was not appealing (Majority of it anyway). It was also expensive. The Android UI was horrible and not appealing.. Sadly the list goes on ... Android Wear 2.0 + is such an improvement, but it's still not appealing hardware wise.

3. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 275; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

they did virtually no marketing for it

4. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 411; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Android Wear progression has been stagnated due to the size of the snapdragon processor in all Android Wear devices and the limits of the processor. This is why Samsung and apple can flex creativity control they make the soc in their watches. Android Wear will burn a slow death if they keep waiting for better processors from qaulcomm.

5. bd598b

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 18, 2018

As long as they keep the old practice of upgrading only a few selected devices to the new OS, they'll not achieve the kind of success they'd normally have if it were the other way round. For example, only one of my 4 watches made Wear 8.0.

6. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Hope Android Wear 3.0 brings big changes to android wear.

8. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

Any recommendations for a smartwacth to use as a voice only phone for a senior citizen? My 95 year old mom lost her phone and I need to replace it with something. Sprint or Tmobile. Thanks.

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