According to Google’s blog post for the Android Wear 2.0, traditional watches tell the time, while Android wear watches makes the most of your time. An update to the wearable device OS, two new smartwatches running the OS Out-of-the-box – LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport have also been introduced.
The Android Wear 2.0 update brings a host of improvements to wearable devices which run the software, including, more informative watch faces, new apps via the on-watch Google Play Store, Android Pay, more connectivity options and on-the-go help from the Google Assistant. Allow us to explain in detail.
Customized Watch Faces
The always-on watch face of your wearable device running Android Wear 2.0 can now be personalized with information and actions from your favorite apps. So you may now simply glance at your wrist to check your next appointment, stock performance, progress on fitness goals, or a quick tap lets you instantly order an Uber ride. With multiple watch faces available at a single swipe, a user can customize the watch in many ways.
The pre-installed app on most Android Wear watches now allows you to track your pace, distance, calories burnt and heart rate (with supported sensor) as you walk, run or cycle. You may also measure weight-lifting reps, push-ups, sit-ups and squats.
On-watch Play Store
With Android Wear 2.0, you can choose and download apps directly from the new on-watch Google Play Store. If your watch has a cellular connection, you can also make calls and use your watch apps no matter where your phone is. Whether you use an Android phone or iPhone, you’ll be able to use apps built for Android Wear 2.0, like AccuWeather, Android Pay*, Bring!, Foursquare, Google Fit, Google Messenger, Google Play Music, Lifesum, Robinhood, Runkeeper, Runtastic, Strava, Telegram, Uber and many more.
Android Pay support lets you transfer money to vendors, by just tapping your smartwatch (watch needs inbuilt NFC though). You can add multiple cards and Android Pay works without a smartphone connected, or even an Internet connection. Will be a lot of convenience given the state of current times.
You can now read and respond to a message right from your watch. When you receive a message, you can expand the notification and tap to respond by dictating, typing or handwriting your answer, or drawing an emoji. Supported apps include Facebook Messenger, Glide, Google Messenger, Hangouts, Telegram and WhatsApp. There’s also a new Smart Reply feature, which instantly and intelligently suggests different responses based on the message you received.
Android Wear 2.0 brings the Google Assistant to your wrist, so you can find answers and get things done—hands free by just saying, “Ok Google”. Ask your Google Assistant about the weather or remind yourself to bring an umbrella. Make a restaurant reservation or navigate to work. The Google Assistant is available in English and German on Android Wear and will be available in other languages in the coming month
Apart from the two new LG smartwatches, the current crop of watches which will get these updates include: ASUS ZenWatch 2 & 3, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, Casio PRO TREK Smart, Fossil Q Founder, Fossil Q Marshal, Fossil Q Wander, Huawei Watch, LG G Watch R, LG Watch Urbane & 2nd Edition LTE, Michael Kors Access Smartwatches, Moto 360 2nd Gen, Moto 360 for Women, Moto 360 Sport, New Balance RunIQ, Nixon Mission, Polar M600 and TAG Heuer Connected.