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Android Wear Update Lands with Wi-Fi Support


News by Luke Jones on Monday April 20, 2015.

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G Watch Urbane
G Watch Urbane

A new update for Android Wear has been announced. You remember last month we previewed this update and said it was not quite ready.

That's because Google is apparently working on some interesting new features for an update that should land in the near future. It seems as though Wi-Fi support will be added to Android Wear smartwatches, although it is not clear which update it will be and is unlikely to be the next one. Wi-Fi support will give Android Wear devices the ability to communicate not just through Bluetooth.

The new feature will be raring to go as most current Android Wear devices from the likes of LG, ASUS, Samsung, Motorola and more already have Wi-Fi, but cannot yet use it. On top of Wi-Fi support, Google is also looking into implementing gesture controls into Android Wear, according to the same sources.

Well, the software boffins over at Google have been working away and are now ready to roll out the update, with the file set to land on all major smartwatches in the coming weeks. That includes the new LG G Watch Urbane, which will be the first to land the upgrade.

Always-on screen, always-on apps

When you buy a watch you want it to, well, tell the time. So most Android Wear watches include an always-on screen - no tapping, twisting or shaking required to see what time it is. Now we're expanding this option to apps, so they can stay visible as long as you need them, instead of disappearing when you drop your arm. In either case the screen is only full color when you're actively looking at it - so you get the info you need, and you save on battery life.

Wi-Fi support

With GPS and offline music support, you can already leave your phone at home, then go jogging and jamming like normal. Now Android Wear supports watches with built-in Wi-Fi. As long as your watch is connected to a Wi-Fi network, and your phone has a data connection (wherever it is), you?ll be able to get notifications, send messages, and use all your favorite apps. And if you really do forget your phone, you can always ask your watch where it is.

Simpler, faster, and more smiley

When it comes to your watch, using apps should be as simple as checking the time. So today we?re making a number of Android Wear improvements to help you access your info, and express yourself more easily:

Got your hands full? You no longer need them to check your news and notifications. Instead you can just flick your wrist to scroll through the stream.

Your apps and contacts are now just a tap away from the watch face. Just touch the screen, and you?ll be able to start apps and send messages immediately.

These updates are coming to all seven Android Wear watches over the next few weeks, starting with the new LG Watch Urbane. In the meantime, there are plenty of useful apps and lots of beautiful watch faces-so find your favorites, and wear what you want.

 
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