Next Android Wear update may enable Wi-Fi support and make apps easy to access

Next Android Wear update may enable Wi-Fi support and make apps easy to access
Wearables – that the theme resounding across tech media right now, and while all eyes are on the Apple Watch, here's a bit of news regarding Android Wear. It's a rumor, to be more specific, shaping a clearer picture as to what the future holds for Google's smartwatch platform. 

According to sources familiar with the matter, Wi-Fi support will be unlocked in a future Android Wear update. This will allow wearables to communicate with the outside world not solely through a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone. And yes, it turns out that Wi-Fi connectivity is already present on the majority of Android Wear smartwatches. We're not sure how much of an impact Wi-Fi support will have on the wearable's battery life, however.

In addition, Google is said to be working on gestures control for Android Wear. Think having the option to scroll through notifications and Google Now cards with a flick of the wrist, without having to touch the wearable's screen. The next major Android Wear update should also make it easier to access apps and contacts. As of version 5.0.2 of Android Wear, users have to either use voice commands, scroll through a lengthy list of actions, or install a third-party launcher to get to their apps. And that's not very convenient, we must say.

Keep in mind that all of this exists in the realm of rumors. In other words, the information above might be inaccurate, although we'd classify it as credible.  

source: The Verge

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1. AlikMalix unregistered

Seems like Apple isn't out yet but Google already making modifications to their product... I guess history does repeat itself...

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

You think Google wouldn't being updating Android Wear if not for Apple? Its a very young OS, so of course they will be constantly updating, whether or not they have competition from Apple, Samsung, Pebble,...

5. AlikMalix unregistered

I dont know, bro, but this Wi-Fi thing for Android just popped up on radar right after the keynote... Just call it how I see it.. (same as that patent for flex side screens in the next article for Apple)... But I'm curious if Research Kit concept somehow finds a "cousin" on the android side... Or the "taps" on your rist (left/right side) for navigation for example... I may be an Apple fan, but I'm all for this out-innovate battle even if it's based on "inspirations" from competition...

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

But this wifi thing isn't from Google, its from The Verge's source And Google's can't add new features to Wear 5.1 in this short notice Any new features Google likes from the Apple Watch won't come until at least 5.2 Or until the next generation of Android Wear watches since many of those things will be hardware limited, e.g. force touch or the haptic feedback engine But you I do think Google were intentionally waiting for Apple's announcement to some of make theirs as well E.g. Apple announced iOS 8.2, then Google announced Android Lollipop 5.1 Apple announce Apple Watch, then Google released new Android Wear ad I'm guessing when Apple release their Watch, Google will release Wear 5.1 But yea, I wouldnt be surprised if Google did add some of Apple's features, or vice versa And I'm all for that as well, since then we all benefit from better products!

10. engineer-1701d unregistered

They already did with the hold screen to change wallpaper and a few other things

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7219; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Sony SmartWatch 3 is already WiFi ready, so when Google updates Android Wear to support WiFi then the Sony SmartWatch 3 will be ready and waiting. The SW3 has already been out on the market since November 2014.

9. engineer-1701d unregistered

I think it has to do with Google opening android wear to ios it will make android wear easier for Apple owners we all know they are special little people

12. AlikMalix unregistered

" ...Apple owners we all know they are special little people" Seriously, why do you do this? Why put down people like that? What do you hope to accomplish constantly bashing people. Do you do that when you drive - roll down the window and yell at other drivers because they didn't buy a Toyota? Or point at some lady and call names at the market for buying different brand of milk?

2. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Competition certainly augers well for the end consumer. WiFi NFC GPS These should be standard offering in Smart Watches

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Exactly, its disappointing the Sony Smartwatch 3 is the only one with all those These features definitely should have been there from the start e.g. Wifi - for Wifi direct, much faster & more bandwidth than Bluetooth NFC - for Google Wallet, Android Beam, NFC tags GPS - for fitness apps, so people can go for runs without their big phones

8. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

"Think having the option to scroll through notifications and Google Now cards with a flick of the wrist, without having to touch the wearable's screen. " Now think of how utterly useless that would be...

11. engineer-1701d unregistered

Apple is looking to deep into the watch market, people will not use it to use there apps and the garage opening just like android wear was a great idea but no one it's really gonna do that just like using them to turn on lights and tv like android wear guys do if you like auto house

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