It’s time for an update: Android Wear 2.0 is officially out! The upgrades, many of which were announced at Google’s I/O Conference last May, are significant improvements over the first version. Google has made major changes to the watch face, messaging, notifications, and apps.
The first two watches to run Android Wear 2.0 were the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, both of which were designed in partnership with Google to show off the best aspects of the new operating system. They will go on sale today, February 10, so if you’re reading this article, they’re already available. There will be more models from other manufacturers in the coming weeks.
When will your Android Watch receive an update
If you already own an Android watch, look for these new features that will be rolled out to you in an update at some point in the next few weeks or months. However, be aware that not all current watches will receive 2.0. Here’s the full list to update:
ASUS ZenWatch 2
ASUS ZenWatch 3
Casio Outdoor Smartwatch
Casio PRO TREK Smart
Fossil Q Wander
Fossil Q Marshal
Founder of Fossil Q
Huawei Watch Ladies
LG Watch Urbane 2nd lte version
LG Watch Urbane
LG G Watch R
Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch
Michael Kors Access Dylan Smart Watch
2nd generation Moto 360
Moto 360 Sport
New Balance RunIQ
Tag Heuer is connected.
Finally, not tied up!
The biggest improvement may be that some Android Wear 2.0 watches now work independently of phones, whether through a cellular network or WiFi. Of course they can still connect to smartphones via Bluetooth. But equipped with a watch equipped with LTE, you can leave the phone at home and still do quite a lot of things that Android Wear supports.
A better watch face.
If you feel easy, Android Wear definitely has your number. The operating system already boasts an incredible 4,000 watch faces on the Google Play store. But now, Android Wear has simplified the transition between watch faces. If you don’t like the watch face, you just need to swipe up when you’re in the watch pane and it’s replaced.
Perhaps the biggest improvement, however, is the addition of small visual elements to the watch face to provide useful “viewable information.” You can add up to four of these elements – known as “complications” among watch fans – to your watch face,
whether date factors, event calendars, calorie counters, photo albums, etc. A quick tap on an element will display it in full-screen mode. Setting up the elements is very simple. Here you can see what the elements look like on the watch face. They think it’s like a pilot’s watch.
Also improved is the settings menu, which you can access by dragging down like a window shadow from the top of the watch. It’s more compact than version 1.0, which gives you all the settings on one screen. Among these settings is brightness control, which is a constant complaint from user 1.0 as it is a difficult to reach. With 2.0, the problem was fixed and then some. Not only can you access the brightness settings by swiping and tapping quickly, but you can also see in front of what the watch face looks like when you adjust the brightness. Below is a quick settings menu view.
A small, useful addition is worth mentioning that when scrolling, a thumbnail will hover over the face of your watch, indicating exactly where you are on the screen.
Finally, it’s easier than ever to get back to your watch face. Let’s say you’ve thoroughly researched the app or installation. Two taps on the hardware button on the side of the phone will take you back all the time.
The app has a change.
Applications are easier to access. Pressing the hardware button will get you to them. The screen has changed to a kind of carousel that rotates around the left side of the screen. As apps rotate, they increase in size to make them easier to view and choose. It’s also convenient that your most used apps will start appearing at the top of the list.
Texting and notifications smarter
Both messaging and notifications are more intuitive in Android Wear 2.0. When you receive a notification, as long as your watch is in ‘always on’ mode, the message will show up on your screen.
After a few seconds, it will disappear.
When you wake up your watch, another prompt will reappear in a few seconds, this time a small pop-up. If you choose to reply, swipe up and the card with the message will appear. You can reply directly in the message.
As with version 1.0, you can reply to messages with your voice, emojis, or pre-compose replies, (which is supposed to become smarter). The new point is the addition of a keyboard with predictive input.
The iPhone is also a favorite.
Finally, although compatibility with the iPhone launched in late 2016, it is limited. Android 2.0 expands the capabilities of Android Wear watches with the iPhone.