With a theme that reads “make the most of every minute”, Android Wear 2.0 is set to lead not only the smartwatch market but the entire wearable industry as its premium Operating system.
Android wear 2.0 is set to makes smartwatch users make the most of their time. According to David Singleton, Android Wear’s VP of Engineering, during in the press release for this version, said that the new release will give “more informative watch faces, better workouts, new ways to use apps, more ways to stay in touch and on-the-go help from the Google Assistant”.
To launch Android Wear 2.0, two new watches became the first watches with Android Wear 2.0. They are the LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport—both designed in collaboration with Google.
Since the version is not exclusive to the two watches mentioned above, Android Wear 2.0 will be available for all supported watches in the coming weeks, according to the press statement.
Features of Android Wear 2.0
Here is a preview of some of the features of the newly released Android Wear 2.0;
Personalize Watch Faces
With Android Wear 2.0, watch faces can be personalized to show different features, all thanks to the “always-on” displays, which ensures you do not miss out on anything. You can easily “check your next appointment, stock performance, progress on fitness goals, or whatever is important to you”, according to David.
Better Work Out
Android Wear’s fitness app, Google Fit has been updated to now let you track your pace, distance, calories burned and heart rate (depending on your hardware sensor) as you’re walking, running or cycling. You can also measure weight-lifting reps, push-ups, sit-ups and squats.
On-watch Google Play Store
The new on-watch Google Play Store allows you to directly download your favourite apps. If your watch has a cellular connection, you can make calls and use your watch apps no matter where your phone is. Whether Android phone or iPhone, you’ll be able to use apps built for Android Wear 2.0, as shown below.
With Google Assistant, you can find answers and get things done—hands free. To ask for help, just hold down the power button on your watch or say “Ok Google.” The Google Assistant is available in English and German on Android Wear and will be available in other languages in the coming months.
Just in case, this write up has caught your fancy and you are interested in getting an Android Wear 2.0 watch, here is a list of smartwatches getting Android 2.0 that you need to look out for at the moment;
- ASUS ZenWatch 2 & 3
- Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
- Casio PRO TREK Smart
- Fossil Q Founder
- Fossil Q Marshal
- Fossil Q Wander
- Huawei Watch
- LG 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
- TAG Heuer Connected
Android Wear is a version of Google’s Android Operating System (OS) designed for smartwatches and other wearable. The Operating System works by interfacing with a mobile phone running Android 4.3 or newer, or on the iOS 8.2 or newer.
After its first version Android Wear 4.4W1, released in June 2014 and named after the Android base version it supports, Android Wear has grown and upgraded into eight versions, with Android Wear 2.0 its latest and released February, 2017. In the first six months of availability, it was estimated that over 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches had been shipped, while as at January 2016, Android Wear had between one and five million application installations. In 2015, an estimated 10% of the smartwatch market was held by Androi Wear.
Android Wear 2.0 also integrates the Google Now technology and mobile notifications into a smartwatch form factor. It also adds the ability to download applications from the Google Play Store.