Smartwatches started taking the world two years ago, being a newly developed category that keeps growing in popularity. The main competitors are Apple Watch, Pebble and Samsung Gear and other smartwatches powered by Android Wear, but Google has received some complaints about its operating system, being unhappy with the interface, the little support from third-party developers and other reasons. So, Google has brought Android Wear 2.0 with big improvements and we’ll talk about them below.
This time, Google has preferred to not introduce any new features, but to solve some of users’ complaints and started with the notification system, which was redesigned, fitness tracking is smarter and it’s able to automatically detect various activities and the interface is cleaner and developers are now allowed to build Android Wear applications, so that the smartwatch will no longer depend on a smartphone.
In the near future, smartwatches will be more than an accessory for smartphones and the first step has been made. With Android Wear 2.0, they are now able to connect to the internet without relying on a paired connection to a smartphone via Bluetooth, WiFi or cellular.
Smartwatches running on Android Wear 2.0 are compatible with iPhones, as well, and in the past third party applications weren’t available for them. From now on, iOS users will have the same benefits as the Android users, who will browse and install applications from the Google Play store. Battery life has been a problem on smartwatches, but even if Android Marshmallow has introduced Doze and Doze Light, things have changed only on smartphones, so the battery life is the same on smartwatches.
But, at least the notification and messaging experience has been improved, and with the help of Smart Reply, which has appeared in the Inbox email app, users will get contextual responses to incoming messages. Other changes are related to the on-screen keyboard, which supports tracing and it’s able to predict words right after the two-three letters are written.
Google will still need to work on the interface, which relies on physical “crown” buttons and if a device lacks them, it’s not sure how it will work.
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