Android Wear 2.0 providing with more informative watch faces, better workouts, new ways to use apps and stay in touch and on-the-go help from the Google Assistant is live now.
It also come added with two new personalized and helpful watch faces, simply glance at your wrist to check appointment, stock performance, fitness goals progress etc. And, instantly order an Uber with a quick tap on watch face, or just swipe to switch watch face for different info.
New ways to use apps. users can now download app directly from new on-watch Google Play Store. And with cellular connection, you can make calls or use your watch apps whereever your phone is and on Android or iPhone.
You can now respond to messages by expanding notification and a tap to respond by dictating, typing or handwriting your answer, or drawing an emoji. Additionally, using Smart Reply, you can respond quickly that intelligently suggests different responses based on a message you received.
Google Assistant help you find answers and get things done—just hold down the power button of the watch or say “Ok Google” in English or German.
With Google Fit, you can now track pace, distance, calories burned and heart rate as you walk, run or cycle as well as measure weight-lifting reps, in addition to push-ups, sit-ups and squats. And with a cellular-connected watch, you can receive calls, messages, or stream Google Play Music tunes, while using apps.
Android Wear 2.0 for all supported watches will be available in the coming weeks including: “ASUS ZenWatch 2 & 3, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, Casio PRO TREK Smart, Fossil Q Founder, Fossil Q Marshal, Fossil Q Wander, Huawei Watch, LG G Watch R, LG Watch Urbane & 2nd Edition LTE, Michael Kors Access Smartwatches, Moto 360 2nd Gen, Moto 360 for Women, Moto 360 Sport, New Balance RunIQ, Nixon Mission, Polar M600 and TAG Heuer Connected.”
In addition, Google is also introducing LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport pre-installed with Android Wear 2.0.
LG Watch Style, while is thin and light — it’s available in silver, rose gold and titanium with snap-and-swap 18mm leather and silicone bands. The rotating power button on the watch scroll through stream, launches app launcher, or Assistant.
LG Watch Sport, the most powerful available in titanium and dark blue, comes with a high performance elastomer strap, NFC, GPS, a heart rate sensor and cellular connectivity. It also has dedicated Google Fit and Android Pay buttons, plus a rotating power button.
These watches will be available at carriers and retailers in coming weeks, across Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, UAE and UK.
For U.S., starting February 10, Watch Style will be available at Best Buy and Google Store, while Watch Sport at AT&T, Verizon and Google Store.
Update 02/10: Android Wear 2.0 also introducing numerous platform and developer enhancements, highlights include:
- Material Design for Android Wear – A new system user interface and design guidelines, featuring a darker colour palette, vertical layout and visual components such as the WearableRecyclerView and WearableNavigationDrawer. We have also enhanced notifications on the watch with the new MessagingStyle rich notification style and inline actions.
- Watch Face Complications – Complications are areas of the watch face that display information other than time. Apps can supply data to supported watch faces by creating a ComplicationProviderService, and watch faces can render this data in a style that suits the watch face design.
- Standalone Android Wear apps and iOS support – Apps can now be downloaded directly to Wear devices via an on-watch Google Play Store. In addition, these apps can access the internet directly without relying on phone apps. This means that apps can now run on Android Wear devices that are paired to iOS devices.