01
Sep
2017

What’s new in Android Wear 2.0

Tradition that watches just tick tock time updates are far way older, now with booming penetration of Wearable technology and that too specially Fitbits and Smart Watches, wearable application development got new wings to evolve the market with a bright enterprise engaging future.

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To know the steps you walk or calories you burn or to send a message to a friend or to receive a call or weather forecasting update all are possible through wrist band or watch. Alike smartphones, users can stay more interactive with smart watches to perform their daily tasks through touch or just voice assistants. Android Wear and Mobile phones are interconnected via Bluetooth.

Apple watches are always into buzz since years, but Android watches are also not back these days. Google with each update continuously endeavors to come up with new functionalities that bring up a new trend in Wearable Technology and boosts the acceptance rates.

New in Android Wear 2.0

Google’s recently released a new Android Wear update which brings more watch faces, an on-watch version of the Google Play Store, interactive messages and the new Google Assistant to wrist. More updates for Android Wearable app Development companies and users comprise of:

Adapting Material Design Concept

The material design concept is mainly optimised in Wear watches for redesigning the app launcher and making it reconcilable with round screens. Say no to left and right swipe to search apps, simply push side button and the slight arc will be displayed.

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Hold and drag favourite apps to make it visible first. New context specific action drawer is also added in new Wear update. Menus are much accessible with rotational input. It is highly recommended to follow the norms of Material Design for outstanding Look ‘n’ Feel.

Voice Actions

Smartwatches got smarter with Google Assistant feature added in it. Your Voice Assistant (Google Assistant) finds the answers to your questions and reverts back accordingly.

Android Wear 2.0 - Voice Assistant

Hold down standby button and say “OK Google” and let google assistant perform your desired task on watch. Get answers or search a way to the library or else in English and German language on Android wear by mere voice assistance. Expectedly, soon other languages will also be available.

Standalone Apps and Play Store

To access the watch app it was necessary to connect it to the mobile phone, but it is all older now. Android Wear 2.0 brought phenomenal change to Wearable ecosystem with Standalone apps. Standalone apps are where a user can download the wearable apps right from the play store in watch and no need to download it in the phone and then sync it.

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Security is always a worrying factor in such purposes, but Standalone apps are highly secured as they connect to Wi-Fi. For it, watches use secure transfer authentication data via the Wearable Data Layer API – username and password.

Read and Respond

To send messages from small screens is tough, isn’t it? So, Google announced an update where a message can be typed by swiping through the small keyboard. Google offers it native keyboards and also allow third-party keyboard apps for alternatives.

And that’s not all. Quickly read messages from notification and discreetly respond it by dictating, typing or handwriting your answer, or drawing an emoji. Intelligent and instant suggestion for response is also available with Smart Reply. Social apps like Facebook Messenger, Glide, Google Messenger, Hangouts, Telegram or WhatsApp already updated it for smartwatches.

Google Fit

Fitness lovers can now get precise results of workout, calories burned, and distance walked or cycled or run, or exact heart beats rate with new update. Also, it can measure counts or sets of weight-lifting reps, in addition to push-ups, sit-ups and squats. Tune into apps, Google Play Music, calls and messages right from watches while workout.

fitnessFor working out with Music, make a playlist in music service like Spotify and play it straight from Wearable Homescreen – no need of the smart phone. If the watch is connected to a cellular network, then calling and messaging functionality are also available.

Android Pay

Google eventually started matching steps with Apple. Google powered Android Wear version 2.0 with Android Pay feature. Pay directly from wrist. Store the card details and tap the watch to pay the amount.

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To enjoy contactless payments, it is mandatory that Android smartwatch comprises of NFC technology and is updated to latest Android Wear 2.0. It is essential to have Android Pay app in the mobile phone.

API integrations and upgradations

For developers, Google came up with new APIs and SDKs to integrate into application development to make apps more effective, swift and secure and to add on more advanced features in it.

Maps Navigation

Alike, Google Map Navigation in Mobile, your watch also redirects the map location and help to reach the desired destination along with its related information.

map-navigationClick google maps or command through voice to open, and enter the destination and mode of transportation and press navigate button. Google Maps card will appear and will navigate the path to the destination. No need to open the open to check the direction, Android watch will guide you.

Notifications

Google notification cards disguised watch faces earlier, but not notification work bit differently. Now, it will show smaller icons instead of huge messages with a progress bar on bottom display to show left over cards in the stack.

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Swipe up to view the notification clearly. Also, the text colour combination of notification cards is changed. It is featured accordingly that it changes with light and dark background to save battery life and dwindle the invasion of bright notifications.

Many of the smart watches are already updated with Android Wear 2.0 while few of them are still waiting to receive the relevant updates and functionalities. But all the existing watches will not receive Android Wear 2.0 update. Watch manufacturing companies are also striving for Android Watch app development compatible to latest version updates.

Upcoming Android Watches in 2017

Though watches of manufacturers like Asus, Casio, Fossil, Huawei, LG, Michael Kors,   Motorola (Lenovo), New Balance, Nixon, Polar, Sony, Tag Heuer are already in market, with each of them with unique functionalities and elegant look, new watches are also adding up to the competition and to class up your wrist with features enhancements.

Below mentioned manufacturers announced upcoming of their Android Wear 2.0 watches at biggest watches Event – Baselworld 2017:

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Future of Android Wear

Akin smartphones, smart watches market is persistently growing, leaving back stable monetary and engaging benefits to enterprises. Days are not away when big brands like Nike, Reebok, Adidas will create products compatible with android wearable app development. Hype amongst the users can be created through it regarding new launching product.

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC compatible watches are already in market, sooner or later new watches will come with more advanced functionalities and technologies with enough storage to aggregate data which will ease the routine lifestyle and may lessen the usage of smartphones.