Google has introduced today the new version of its operating system for watches, Android Wear 2.0, bringing important improvements to make the. Google has introduced today the new version of its operating system for watches, Android Wear 2.0, bringing important improvements to make Android watches begin to be the reference in the sector.
Among the main new features of the new version of Android Wear are:
First, we have a slight improvement in the Watch faces or the clock face, now they become more interactive because we can add widgets to the main screen to check the weather, check the calendar or make a call.
Google Play Store on Android Wear
One of the things Google promised for this revamped version of its operating system was to include its app store directly into watches without having to rely on an Android phone to install an app on our smartwatch.
Android Wear 2.0 will allow users to download applications directly from the clock with the only requirement that we are connected to the Internet, so now we will not depend on a phone for it and if we use an iPhone as a day to day computer, we can install applications from the Play Store in our smartwatch without any inconvenience. Definitely, a feature that gives weight to Android Wear.
The first step for an application of our Android Wear device could work without relying on the phone was to bring the app store to the clock, now that it has been incorporated Google opens the doors to developers so that their applications can be used without needing That the smartwatch will pair with the phone we use.
The only thing that could require the application is that the smartwatch is connected to the Internet, either by Wi-Fi or by the cellular network. At the moment applications that can already be used without relying on the phone are AccuWeather, Android Pay (only in countries where it is released), Bring! Foursquare, Google Fit, Google Play Music, Lifesum, Robinhood, Runkeeper, Runtastic, Strava, Telegram, and Uber.
Gradually more applications will join the list, it all depends on the speed with which the developers work on it.
The virtual assistant of Google attacks a new segment coming to the devices with Android Wear 2.0, yes! all, but with the inconvenience that at the moment is only available in English and German, so it will not work for the moment in many countries. Although Google has promised to increase the number of languages supported by its virtual assistant, the question is when will it.
Although a problem of smart clocks is that it is often uncomfortable answering a message from the same smartwatch, so now Google has improved the notification system, as well as how to respond to them.
Now we can respond to a message with the traditional dictation by voice, or we can draw the words or emoticons from the smartwatch screen to make Google a word.
Similar to how we can do it on Android phones, the notifications will be grouped in the same notification, and we can deploy it completely by just sliding it down, so we can read all our pending messages.
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Android Pay and Mobile Payments
Android Pay is the similar one of Apple Pay, the system of mobile payments of Apple. In this case, Google has maintained its payment system almost exclusively for the United States and some European countries but was limited to use only through smartphones.
Now, Android Wear 2.0 will allow you to pay for the clock, as long as it has an NFC connection, so you do not have to take the phone out of the bag again to make a payment through this platform. And while we would like to know more about the expansion of Android Pay in Latin America, Google has not mentioned anything about it, so it seems to be a future plan.
What will smartwatches be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0?
The official list of watches that will be updated on February 15 to the new version of Android Wear will be:
- ASUS ZenWatch 2
- ASUS ZenWatch 3
- Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
- Casio PRO TREK Smart
- Fossil Q Founder
- Fossil Q Marshal
- Fossil Q Wander
- Huawei Watch in all its variants
- LG G Watch R
- LG Watch Urban
- LG Watch Urbane 2nd edition LTE
- Michael Kors Access Smartwatches
- Moto 360 2nd generation and its edition for women
- Moto 360 Sport
- New Balance RunIQ
- Nixon Mission
- Polar M600
TAG Heuer Connected
If you have a watch that is on the list, you only have to wait for the OTA update that will arrive soon. After presenting the new version of the operating system for wearables of Google, it is the turn to introduce the new devices that will be the first to arrive with Android Wear 2.0; The LG Watch Style and the LG Watch Sport.
LG Watch Style
The first of the two watches that LG unveils this year is the Watch Style, an elegant team made of stainless steel, 1.2-inch P-OLED screen, and Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
This new watch mounts a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor accompanied by a 512 MB RAM along with 4GB of internal storage. On the other hand, we will have a Wi-Fi connection, Bluetooth, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, wireless charging, a 240mAh battery, as well as IP67 certified water and dust resistance. The great absentee in this team is the connection to cellular data.
The LG Watch Style will arrive in three different colors; Silver, titanium and rose gold. The starting price will be $ 249, or what is equal to $ 5,100 Mexican pesos at the exchange rate, but this price will be for the color titanium and silver. The pink gold will cost $ 279 which is the equivalent of $ 5,720 Mexican pesos.
LG Watch Sport
The largest of the two new watches from LG and Google arrives to meet the needs of sports lovers, like its younger brother, features a stainless steel body, a larger P-OLED screen of 1.38 inches and Gorilla Glass 3.
On the other hand, we have the same Qualcomm processor used in the Watch Style, the difference is that this computer has a bit more RAM, reaching 768 MB, but maintaining the same 4GB of internal storage. The Watch Sport will feature Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, LTE connection, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, IP68 certified water and dust resistance, wireless charging and 430 Mah battery.
The colors available for purchase will be Titanium and Dark Blue, both for a price of $ 349, or equal to $ 7,150 In any country.
Both teams will be available for sale starting next February 10 but only in the United States, Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Mexico is again on the waiting list.