Google announces Android Wear 2.0, see what’s new

At their I/O 2016 Keynote taking place at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Google treated us with a new smart messaging app (Google Allo), a new video calling app (Google Duo) and a new Virtual Reality platform (Google Daydream). The company didn’t stop at that, instead they released a brand new model of its wearable smartwatch platform – Android Wear 2.0. 

Based on the information announced by Google officials, this new release is the largest one in its field, so far. Android Wear 2.0 comes with multiple new features, mainly focusing on the Watch face, Messaging and fitness.

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Let’s have a detailed look at the new features made available in the upcoming version of the wearable platform. First, the Watchfaces which will now work with any app on your watch. This means that you can display information from different apps on your watchface and thus mix and match various styles, based on your requirement.

The Android Wear 2.0 comes with a Messaging feature which even provides handwriting support. The officials gave a demo of this feature when a text was received asking the presenter when he’d be meeting with his friend. All he did was type “3pm” on the screen with his finger and the watch automatically recognised the letters and sent it as a reply. You’d also be glad to see that the watch automatically clears up maximum space for typing, thus allowing maximum comfort.

Moving on to the ‘Google Fit’ which automatically recognizes activity. This feature works as a personal coach for the watch owner and works with apps like Strace to start tracking your run as soon as you start. Of course, this requires no manual activations. Note that Google Fit will be able to work with Google API’s to ensure a better synced user experience.

Last but not the least, Android Wear 2.0 is capable of playing music while you are working out, outdoors. The silver lining is that you don’t even need to carry your handset with you. The watch can still play your favourite playlists and synchronize with major music apps like Spotify, right from the watchface.

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