Google’s Android Wear Gets Huge Update Ahead of Apple Watch Release

Ahead of the Apple Watch release, Google is announcing a software update for its Android Wear-powered smartwatches that it must bring some positive hype around its dying wearable platform.

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Google’s Android Wear Gets Huge Update Ahead of Apple Watch Release

The largest ever software update brings the most requested Wi-Fi support, alongside a watch face that always shows the time, and a couple of UI changes.

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With built-in Wi-Fi support, an Android Wear-based watch will be able to untether from their phones in order to send and receive messages, get notifications and make use of connected apps.

Google has also expanded the 'Always-on' screen mode to include apps, as well as the watch face itself.

Google’s Android Wear Gets Huge Update Ahead of Apple Watch Release

The company says: "[Apps] 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."

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What's more, you can draw emojis directly on to the display, if you are running short of time. Google says it can recognize hundreds of different emojis, which can then be converted and sent as a text or IM.

Google’s Android Wear Gets Huge Update Ahead of Apple Watch Release

The update will be available in the coming weeks on the Android Wear smartwatches currently available from Samsung, LG, Motorola, Asus, Sony and Huawei. The LG Watch Urbane would be the first timepiece to get the updated software.

Source - Google Blog

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