12 February 2017
It was previously speculated that Android might bring in their Wear 2.0 sooner than expected when reports suggested the launch had been postponed to February 8. And here we have Android’s newest wearable interface, the Wear 2.0.
From what it looks like, Android Wear 2.0 includes the company’s own Google Assistant allowing you to get things done just by talking to your wrist. Feels a lot like you’re in a movie, doesn’t it? Now you can navigate to work, reserve a table at a restaurant, know the weather around you - handsfree. All you need to do is hold the power button on your smartwatch or say “Ok Google”. The Google Assistant would initially be available in English and German but the company promises to make it available in other languages sooner.
Earlier today we saw screenshots of the Android Pay app on the Play Store which revealed that Google might be readying up on the Android Wear 2.0 and now we’re convinced that speculations were true. The Android Wear 2.0 brings a list of apps that you can directly use on your watch and these can be directly downloaded through the Play Store that’s exclusively made for a smartwatch. Now you can make use of Android Pay, Google Messenger, Telegram, Uber and Google Fit among many others which are actually built for using on an Android Wear 2.0 device.
Speaking of Google Fit which comes pre-installed on an Android smartwatch, users can now track their pace, burnt calories, distance traveled and heart rate along with measurements for weight-lifting reps.
Also new to the interface is the amount of personalization that you can do with the always-on watch face. Take a look at your wrist to have a glimpse of the progress on your fitness goals, check for an appointment or you could go a little mainstream by checking the time.
What more? You can now respond to a message directly from your smartwatch. Expand the notification tab and tap on the notification. Now you can either type, swipe, dictate your reply or send a handwritten note or draw an emoji to reply anyone from Facebook Messenger, Google Messenger, Hangouts, Telegram or WhatsApp. For a quicker reply, you can always use Smart Reply which suggests you responses based on the message last received. Some features require hardware sensors which are not available on all Android Wear watches.
The Android Wear 2.0 would roll out for all the devices supported by Google in the coming weeks as LG gets to be the first one to release their devices with Android Wear 2.0 out of the box.