GOOGLE has unveiled the latest generation of its Android Wear 2.0 wearable technology software.
Yes, Android Wear 2.0 is out now.
Google revealed its new next generation software platform in last month, marking the company’s most advanced wearable release to this date.
In MWC 2017 seeing the first group of new devices running this new software being shown off to the world, it’s clear to see that Android Wear 2.0 marks a great major step up from its past generations.
But does this mean that it’s finally time for users to buy their first wearable?
Before Deciding – First, lets take a look at some of the improvements that Android Wear 2.0 brings over the original one.
The launch comes after three years from the release of original Android Wear, meaning there’s many new and exciting features that should make using a smartwatch easier and more appealing than ever before.
Top of the list is Google’s new voice-activated smart assistant which is previously only available in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone now going to available on Android Wear, if you don’t know about Google Assistant then it is a hands-free way to get all information you need, directly to your wrist or on your mobile screen.
Ask the Google Assistant any question and it will respond back with answer- whether it is about weather, any other task, or even booking a restaurant for you.
All you need to do is hold down power button of your smartwatch, or say “OK Google”, and the Assistant will start automatically.
In fact, sending a text or instant message is much easier than ever with Android Wear 2.0, as users can tap on a notification to respond via typing, dictation or for the first time, drawing with their finger.
Apps including Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts and WhatsApp all are included, and will also be covered by Android Wear 2.0’s new Smart Reply feature, which learns from your typing habits to provide quick suggestions.
Android Wear 2.0 also bring more customization to your watch than ever before, with users able to personalize their first choice watch face to always display information and notifications from their favorite apps.
This means you can get updates on your calendar meetings, fitness information or message alerts with just a look.
Up to eight different watch faces can be customised in this way, meaning you’re never too far from the updates you need.
Best of all, Android Wear 2.0 brings an end to the era of needing your phone with you at all times to enjoy the most out of your smartwatch.
Download Apps Directly
The new software allows users to download apps directly from the Google Play app store to their watch.
Google has introduced specially-designed versions of many popular apps for Android Wear 2.0, including AccuWeather, Uber, Runkeeper and more.
If you have the right network connection, you can also make calls and use these apps no matter where you are – or where your phone is.
So it seems that Android Wear 2.0 brings a lot of software advantages – but what about the devices themselves?
A number of the world’s biggest tech firms released Android Wear watches, and interest in the new platform has already been high.
LG was the first company to launch an Android Wear 2.0 device, with the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style revealed alongside Google’s launch of the new software.
The LG Watch Sport targets more athletic customers, with built-in GPS and 4G LTE connectivity making it an intelligent standalone device.
In contrast, the LG Watch Style is a slimmer, more stylish device which is available in silver, titanium and rose gold colour schemes.
Both are set to go on sale in the UK later this year, and to be honest its hard to see much wrong with either device.