Back in November, ZDNet’s Kevin Tofel wrote about probable arriving Android Wear updates that were found in a change record for chronicle 1.4. It took a bit longer than thought, though Google announced several new hands-free options that move some Apple Watch relation to Android Wear.
One of a reasons we cite to use a Apple Watch is a ability to answer a call and lift out a review right on my wrist. This is useful while walking around a city with your phone in your slot or backpack, while operative around a residence and regulating both hands, and spasmodic while driving. The arriving Android Wear refurbish provides this same capability for those watches with integrated speakers, including a Huawei Watch and ASUS ZenWatch 2.
The finish list of hands-free options, as settled by Google, include:
- Navigate your watch with new gestures: Scrolling adult and down your label tide is as elementary as flicking your wrist. Starting currently we can also enhance a card, move adult your apps, or lapse home to your watch face with a push, lift or shake. You’ll be means to stay connected to what’s important, while gripping your phone (or other hand) in your pocket.
- Send some-more messages with only your voice: With Android Wear, you’ve always been means to get answers to oral questions. Now we can also use your voice to send messages from apps like Google Hangouts, Nextplus, Telegram, Viber, WeChat, and WhatsApp. Running late for lunch? Just contend “OK Google, Send a WhatsApp summary to Nathan: I’ll be right there.”
- Make calls and listen to messages with orator support: Screening calls from your wrist is a good preference that comes with Android Wear. Thanks to orator support, we can now make and take calls over Bluetooth. And we can listen to audio/video messages with apps like Glide. All we need is a watch with a speaker, that currently includes a Huawei Watch and a ASUS ZenWatch 2 (49mm).
I privately have never used a gestures on Android Wear as we always found them to need over-exaggeration of wrist movements to function. It looks like gestures have been softened so we will have to give them a try again.
Millions no longer use content messaging, instead selecting to use messaging by other concept services. The refurbish supports several summary clients for hands-free messaging. The ability to make and accept calls over Bluetooth is illusory and is one thing that always bugged me about Android Wear devices.
Are we vehement about these new functions? What else would we like to see in an Android Wear update?