New Android Wear update brings recent app complication, connection indicators, and more


Android Wear, Google's OS for smartwatches and wearables, has received a new update. Version 2.6 of the software brings several notable quality-of-life features.

First off, the text size of notifications will adapt in accordance with the length of a given message. This means that notifications containing more symbols will be shown in smaller text and vice versa, with Google stating that the changes should allow an extra line of text to appear in most cases. 

The Quick Settings shade has also seen some augmentations - connection status indicators for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular connectivity have been added. You can check them out by doing a swipe down motion

Another great new feature is the Recent App complication. In addition to static app shortcuts, now you can also add a shortcut to the app that you've used last right from your watch face. Just fire up the watch face editor and tap on one of the "+" icons. The recent app complication should be located in the General category. After updating, you'll also be able to see how much time is left until a download is finished through a new indicator.

Last but not least, Google has also made the side-swipe and long-press gestures a bit harder to trigger in order to prevent any accidental dismissals of notifications. 

The update has been released on the Play Store, so feel free to go ahead and download it. The link below will lead you to Google Play.

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9 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 7014; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I wish I didn't update any of my smartwatches to AW 2, I didn't use to miss my notifications as I do now, as they most of the time don't show up and I'll have to swipe up to check if I indeed received any notification.

2. Cat97

Posts: 1978; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Exactly. Android Wear 2.0 is a real mess, my LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is now collecting dust because of this update and I am now using a Pebble 2, the notification handling of the Pebble is light years ahead, you have canned responses, notification history, you cannot accidentally dismiss notifications, the text size is great, notifications stay on screen until dismissed, you can see text clearly in any light, etc.

4. maherk

Posts: 7014; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What also bothers me is that Google is refusing to acknowledge that all OEMs have moved to Amoled screens and that we need a black background now more than ever. And the fact that we can't map the physical button is another major con in Android Wear.

9. Deadeye37

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

You can map the hardware button if you have a watch with 2 or more buttons. If you have only one button, you can still map the physical button using Bubble Launcher. I have a Huawei Watch 2 and my bottom button pulls up the timer app and the top button now puts my watch into dimmed theater mode.

3. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Odd, Moto 360 (2nd Gen) I have no issues with missing notifications. I always hard reset the device after any upgrade as well.

5. maherk

Posts: 7014; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I have 3 Huawei watches and another Zenwatch 3, and I've reset all of them, yet all of them suffer from this issue.

6. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

That's not good.

7. ECPirate37

Posts: 347; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I have a Huawei watch as well. I flashed the development Rom for android 2.0 last year when it came out. It updated itself to the proper version when released. I haven't had any problems with missing notifications. I reset my phone, and my watch once a week though. Not sure if this will help you, but might be worth a try.

8. maherk

Posts: 7014; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's absurd that I have to reset my phone and watch once every week for it to work flawlessly. Unless you mean reboot them instead of factory resetting them.

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