After months and months of waiting, fans of smartwatches finally have something to be happy about. Google just revealed their new Android Wear 2.0 update. However, many voices are saying that while fans needed to wait entire months to get their hands on the new update, it does not really bring anything revolutionary. Die-hard fans of the smartwatch will undoubtedly notice some differences. Others probably will not or they will consider them not that important.
Android Wear 2.0
Android Wear is already a worthy rival of the Apple Watch. Now, with these new features, it may become even more dangerous. Maybe the biggest addition with this new update is the smartwatch equivalent of the now famous Google Assistant. It will work like the Siri on Amazon Alexa. Meaning that the wearer will be able to activate it vocally by just holding the power button and saying “OK, Google”. This is also the same digital assistant which users found on the popular and extremely good Google Pixel smartphone. After you activate it, you can answer messages, make various searches, set calendar events reminders and even ask for directions around the city.
Apart from the digital assistant, Google also introduced some new and personalized faces for your watch. Also, the Google Play Store is now present on the watch in a new version. Another interesting new feature is the ability to answer to messages by writing with your finger on the watch’s display. You can now end out answers by just swiping your finger across the watch, one letter at a time.
— Android Wear (@AndroidWear) February 8, 2017
Two other new devices
With the new Android Wear 2.0, two other new watches have been released. A rather sleek LG Watch Style for the more business oriented users and a LG Watch Sport, which is suitable for the sporty users and has tons of specifications. Moreover, the first watch sports a 1.2-inch OLED display which is water resistant, while the other one has a bigger, 1.38-inch one, also water resistant.
Those two wearable devices also come with new and useful features like a heart rate sensor, GPS and, very interesting indeed, the watches do not need to be synched to a smartphone anymore. They do it automatically thanks to the new 4G LTE connectivity options.
— Google (@Google) February 8, 2017
It is important to know that if you happen to have an older Android Wear watch at home, the new update will reach your device in a few weeks. The new devices will go on sale on February 10, Friday, in the United States. All in all, it is clear that the smartwatch business is booming. Even if some companies failed at delivering the right device, it seems like both Apple and Google are going strong. We will see in the coming weeks if buyers will be happy with this new update.
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