Huawei Watch owner receives a test build of Android Wear that enables new features
A Huawei Watch owner has passed along his experience with a test build of Android Wear 1.4.0, running on Android 6.0.1. Posting on Reddit under the handle ThirdTime Caller
, the owner of the watch said that he received an OTA update which took a long time to download and install. With this in mind, he believes that others owning the timepiece won't receive the update until it is more stable. It appears that the particular Huawei Watch that received the update is enrolled in a special test group.
After receiving the test build, the speakers on the watch work which means that phone calls can be made or received. In addition, ringtones can be selected. The owner of this particular Huawei Watch says that there is one issue he doesn't like. When the device is in text-to-speech mode, it will provide play-by-play of everything done with the watch as well as repeat the time and menus on the screen.
While the update enables features that Android already said would be coming with the next update to Android Wear, The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE was supposed to be the first Android Wear smartwatch with cellular connectivity (the Samsung Gear S and Samsung Gear S2 are both powered by Tizen), that device was cancelled.
"Yesterday night I noticed my Huawei Watch received an OTA update but I didn't get to install it until this morning since it took so long to download. This is a TEST BUILD so I don't think others will be getting it until the stable release. A quick test before work showed that the speaker indeed works. So far I see that you can set a ringtone for phone calls and making phone calls on the watch itself works. Having text-to-speech is annoying because it reads out the time and any menu you go into. I wish it would only read out my notifications at user specified times."-ThirdTime caller via Reddit
Huawei Watch owners should be very excited knowing that the next Android Wear update is getting closer, and it will give them some eagerly-awaited capabilities.
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source: Reddit via DroidLife