Google launches Android Wear 2.0

Google launches Android Wear 2.0

Photo: LG

Google has a major update for its smartwatch operating system was released. Android Wear 2.0 release watches under the more detached from a smartphone to function.

Android Wear 2.0 is to manufacturers of Android-smartwatch available. Just as with Android phones, it is up to the manufacturer when the update actually becomes available for watches.

Google has published a list which the most popular Android Wear watches are which the update are going to get. It includes the two versions of the LG 360, the Asus ZenWatch 2, and 3, LG Watch R and Urban, and the Huawei Watch.

Android Wear 2.0

Android Wear 2.0 has a own Play Store, which apps directly on the watch can be downloaded. This can make watches much more stand-alone be used, and the integration with iOS is also better than before.

Dials and navigation

Android Wear users could already choose from many thousands of dials, but they were still not easily customizable. With Android Wear 2.0, users can click the watch own colors, backgrounds and so-called complications add.

Those little widgets that show info like the weather, appointments, or a pedometer. All the app-makers can now easily such complications of their apps make on the dial. Makers of dials that should still make them suitable for new features.

Also the navigation is simplified in Android Wear 2.0. Thus, users can easily between different dials change by a horizontal swipe, and notifications with a vertical swipe to call. A press of a button the watch calls a apps list, long press activates Google Assistant.

Fitness and messages

Fitness is, according to Google, one of the most popular features of the smartwatch, and Android Wear 2.0 has a few innovations. So can a watch without a linked phone, the more accurate the tracking progress during running or cycling.

Also intramural sports as bandlopen and cycling on an exercise bike are now supported. Weight lifting is by Android Wear 2.0 is automatically detected, upon which the watch sets starts to count.

Sending and responding to messages is also extended. This allows users to comment to say or dictate, but also swipe and type on a small toetsenbordje. In addition, Google may Assistant automatic responses proposals on the basis of the content of the messages, all works that are not yet in English.

LG Sport and Style

LG in collaboration with Google’s two flagship-watches for Android Wear 2.0 being developed, the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style.

Both watches have a round display and a knob on the side; Android Wear 2.0 supports for the first time scrollwieltjes and other round entry options.

The 1.38 in. Sport has in addition to GPS also built-in 4G, which makes the watch without a paired smartphone is ready to operate independently. The Style is with 1,2 inch is slightly smaller and flatter, and has no built-in 4G.

The watches come in later this month in the USA, for a launch in the Netherlands are no plans yet.

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