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I/O 2016: Android wear 2.0 brings much needed changes to wearable platform

While Android wear has gone through some changes from its initial release, the end result has been somewhat unconvincing.

So far in wearable market, the search giant hasn’t tasted the success as they have hoped. So, in an another attempt to reinvent the platform, Google has announced the biggest ever update to its wearable platform, named as Android wear 2.0.

First, the LTE compatible Android wear won’t always rely in your smartphone. With version 2.0, the watch apps can directly access the internet. One can also download apps from a store on the watch itself, stream music directly to the watch, reply to text messages and make calls.

According to Android wear team leader David Singleton, this is great news for both consumers and developers. The developers can simply built an Android watch app that works identically on both platforms. They won’t need to built a separate iPhone app or wait for Apple to approve it.

Android wear 2.0 can anticipate user’s needs and launch the apps by itself. For example, if you start exercising, the watch detects it and automatically opens the Google Fit fitness app.

Messaging also became hassle free. We can now reply messages and email (Seriously, I don’t know if anyone will ever reply to an email using smartwatch) using a new swipe-friendly touchscreen keyboard with autocomplete options.

Other minor improvements include a new way to navigate through apps by circling the edge of the display with your finger. A darker themed user interface is also added for AMOLED friendly displays.

We can clearly see that the wear v2.0 is all about improving things people already did on their wrists.

Android wear is coming along nicely with these updates. So, what do you think about these changes? Will it change your perception about Android wear? Sound off in comments section.


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