Android Wear 2.0 becomes Stand-alone with cool features
Google just announced a major update to its Android Wear smartwatch platform.
Android Wear was introduced two years ago, Google boasts that over 100 smartwatch designs are available on the market, from both traditional tech companies and respected watchmakers like Tag Heuer and Casio.
Google want to really focus more on Android Wear ecosystem this time around, by adding new features and reworking a number of key experiences.
Watch face can now integrate data from any Android Wear app and you can even mix and match, that mean your watch face can show data from multiple apps and you can still customize exactly what you want to see on the watch screen.
Android Wear 2 will also let you reply with AI-powered smart replies and you can also “handwrite” text on the watch screen and have it automatically converted to text, introduction of a new keyboard helps the watch OS for traditional input.
Fitness apps can now exchange and sync data through the Fit API and certain apps can now start automatically when the device detects a physical activity. This works for music apps as well.
Big improvement here is the stand-alone, which eliminate the presence of smartphone as you will no longer need a phone in order to install and sync Android Wear apps. Standalone apps will work without a phone nearby, this is possible due to the support for networking over WiFi, Bluetooth and cellular, Android Wear smartwatches will become truly standalone devices.
A developer preview for Android Wear 2.0 is available for download.