Big Android Wear update bring interactive watch faces!


My LG Watch Urbane is currently one of my favorite pieces of tech. Having an Android Wear watch gives me better battery life on my phones (because I pull them out of my pocket less often) and offers convenient Google Now voice search from my wrist. Today Google pushed a huge update to Android Wear that brings even more useful features to the platform. The biggest addition in the update is the introduction of interactive watch faces. Your watch face will now be able to perform more advanced tasks with a single tap-change design, open an app, or perform a preset task.


There are several options for the interactive content, you could have a calendar, fitness data, weather, missed calls, all of which can now be launched on a single tap. The update also introduces watch to watch communication with the new feature called Together. With Together you can share pictures, emojis and other content from your watch with your significant other or close friend. Google Translate also makes its way to Android Wear in this update. After installing the update you will notice that Translate is now loaded and you can get your speech translated to any of 44 languages! If you are a LG G Watch R owner, today’s update also brings WiFi support to your device. Finally!

Overall this update looks incredibly solid, bringing a lot of exciting new features to our smartwatches. The downside is that the update will roll out slowly to Android Wear devices over the next few weeks. If you’re interested in previewing some of the new interactive watch faces, Google has provided a list of 21 at launch to get you started.

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"