A new Android Wear update is currently available for various compatible devices. According to Android Authority, the update, which comes with build number M1D63G brings in the July security patch, making the smartwatches powered by Android Wear even more secure.
Droid-Life noted that the latest Android Wear update has already been spotted on Sony Smartwatch 3, LG Watch Urbane, LG G Watch R as well as the second generation of the Moto 360. The Android Wear update is expected to roll out on other compatible devices.
To verify the Android Wear update’s availability on your wearable device, simply head to Settings menu, go to About and tap System Updates.
Moreover, updating the Android Wear to version 18.104.22.1688 will ditch the Together watch face as its features will be incorporated in the upcoming Android Wear 2.0. As cited on PC Mag, Google’s statement read, “With the release of Android Wear 2.0, many of the best features of Together will be integrated directly into the platform so you can connect with more people using your favorite messaging services.”
“In addition to emoji, you’ll be able to use Smart Reply, keyboard, or handwriting on the watch screen,” the announcement added. Upon the release of Android Wear 2.0, users will also have the chance to customize various watch faces with data from their favorite applications.
According to Android Police, the Together watch face, which became available a year ago, was created to pair the smartwatch with a partner, allowing users to share doodles, photos, emojis, photos and activities.
Together will no longer be available beginning September 30 although this does not necessarily mean that the Android Wear 2.0 release is scheduled on the same day. PC Mag reported that Google has not provided yet a specific launch timeline for Android Wear 2.0, but it is currently being tipped for a fall 2016 release.
Together shutting down next month is bad news for some. Owners of first-generation smartwatches that are not scheduled to get the Android Wear 2.0 update will not have access to Together watch face entirely.
Android Wear 2.0 is the forthcoming major update to the Google app, which according to Wareable, will be focusing on watch faces, fitness and messaging. Furthermore, one of the biggest changes coming to Android Wear 2.0 is the standalone apps, which means users will not need their phone nearby to use apps installed on the Android Wear smartwatch. The post explained that “it will be able to communicate through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or cellular instead of depending on a tethered phone or cloud syncing, using a Multi-APK delivery method.”
For those who want to try out the upcoming iteration as early as now, Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview is currently available.
Downloading and installing the current version of Android Wear platform will let users connect their smartwatch with their Android phone. A wearable device running on Android Wear lets users access essential information such as SMS, messages, the name of the caller, as well as notifications from favorite apps, according to Google Play.
The Android Wear device also has Google Now support, which allows users to be reminded of their next appointment, flight status, traffic conditions, restaurant reservation and a lot more. Other apps supported by Android Wear devices are Google Maps, Google Play Music, WhatsApp and Foursquare, among others. The Google Play description for the Android Wear app also noted the following fitness functionalities users can take advantage:
“Get built-in fitness monitoring and coaching from your favorite running and fitness apps: Endomondo, Google Fit, Runkeeper, Strava, and more. Track your steps, distance, and calories while you walk, run, or ride your bike. And even measure your heart rate.”
The Inquisitr will continue to keep you in the loop for more Android Wear news and updates.
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