Android Wear 2.0 launched recently and is currently only available on the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style. The updated Smartwatch OS will make its way through to your favorite Android smartwatch soon. And there is a long list of compatible watches That will soon be available.
Android Wear 2.0 Has Standalone Apps
One of the biggest updates to Android Wear is its ability to run apps on its own without a smartphone. You can make use of Wi-Fi or cellular in order to communicate. This is great news for those who own an iPhone. An Android Wear smartwatch can be seen as a cheaper alternative to the pricey Apple Watch.
Android Wear 2.0 will also feature its very own Google Play Store. This gives you the ability to browse and download apps in your watch without having to go to your phone. So no need to download apps to your phone. The new OS doesn’t even need you to pair up with your phone. But browsing apps on that tiny screen is going to be a strange experience. Good news is that you can browse the Play Store from your PC and install from there over Wi-Fi. This has always been one of Androids strengths.
You can make use of Wi-Fi or cellular in order to communicate. This is great news for those who own an iPhone.
Android Wear 2.0 Design
Android’s latest design is evident in Android Wear. It’s been optimized for the smaller round screens. A great feature is the ability to view multiple types of data on your watch face. This data can be from 3rd party apps as well. You will be able to view and interact with data from Spotify directly from your watch face.
Notifications have been optimized. They are no longer large and do not take up all of that tiny screens space. Smaller icons are displayed with a progress bar at the bottom making your notifications easy to read and manage. The newly designed darker notification cards will help with battery life.
List of Compatible Smart Watches
So far we have seen Android 2.o on the LG Watch Style and the LG Watch Sport. The Style is a neat compact and reasonably priced smartwatch. The Sport, on the other hand, is an expensive bulky smartwatch. The Sport certainly does have all the features that you would expect from a watch like this. While the Style is lacking LTE and GPS, it’s still a more comfortable choice if you get past its cheap looks.
There will be an exclusive Tag Heuer Connected variant with GPS for those who don’t worry much about the budget. There will also be a Casio Smart Outdoor Watch available with the new OS. You can expect multiple models with Android Wear 2.0 available from the following brands:-
- Tag Heuer
- Michael Kors
- New Balance
It’s great to see that not only are tech companies like ASUS producing great smart watches like the ZenWatch that are compatible with Android Wear 2.0. But genuine watch manufacturers like Casio and Fossil are also getting into the smartwatch game. We are spoilt for choice here and who doesn’t like to have a world full of choices.
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