Android Wear 2.0 has been the biggest update from Google at its developer conference, Google IO 2016 since its launch back in 2014. Google announced the changes coming to Android Wear Smartwatch and wearables in the new version of Android Wear 2.0.
The most notable changes are the option of standalone apps, input methods and a new notification design. New apps now can work as a standalone app and allows Android wearable to direct access of the WiFi or Bluetooth without having to go through its smartphone app. On stage of the Google IO 2016 event, Google has demonstrated the Android Wear 2.0 and also comment – “This means your app can continue to offer full functionality even if the paired phone is far away or turned off.”
Now, the Android Wear smart watches will connect directly to the Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G network and work independently. Some current SmartWatch has also been updated in terms of connectivity, but it will still need to connect to phone over Bluetooth so the app can promote all possibilities.
Google says that this change will help Android Wear to better focus on health monitoring, management and customized personal messages. For example, the Android wear 2.0 supports the inbuilt input framework, giving it access to the keyboards you have installed and letting you use them directly on your wearable. New notification system UI on Wear 2.0, notifications work and appear differently than before, making better use of round displays. Now user can swipe in both directions such as left or right.
Another big change on Android Wear 2.0 is “watch face complications”, similar features of Apple Watch Third Party Complications. A complication is any feature in a watch face that displays more than hours and minutes, the company says, so a battery indicator then is a complication.
Google has also launched a Material Design for smart watches, to refer so many new things to change such as color, font, font size, icons, data saver and new emojis. Android Wear 2.0 will be available for users in the autumn of this year.