Google is working on an Android Wear platform update to let Android smartwatches communicate with each another. With this new update, Android Wearers will be able to send and accept messages, stickers, emojis, doodles and more to/ from other Android Wear users. The update is likely to come in August.
According to a new report by Phandroid, the company is planning to roll out an update, codenamed Together, to offer a new watch-to-watch communication feature to Android Wear smartwatches. Additionally, this update is likely to bring support for interactive watch faces, as well as feature new tap gestures. However, the feature could be limited to a single watch face.
It is yet not clear if the Together feature would come out as a system application, or remain limited to a specific watch face. In case it would support a particular watch face, users will have no other option but to use that specific watch face to use the Together feature.
Google and Apple rivalry is well known and both tech giants compete against each other, especially in the software departments. With this new communication feature, Google seems to have taken a page out of Apple's book. The feature is similar to the Watch's Digital Touch cap which comes with similar capabilities that let users share data on heartbeats and doodles.
As far as tap gesture controls are concerned, currently Android Wear accepts only four swipe/ tap gestures including swipe up for notifications, left for launcher, down for quick settings, or long press to select a new watch face.
The new update however will allow users to do more with taps. One will be able to change watch faces, get information on weather, view fitness related data, or launch a new app.
As for its launch timeline, Google was reportedly planning to release the update on July 28, but has now pushed it to August.