Google Unveils The Future Of Smartwatches With Android Wear 2.0.by Ryan Dsouza February 9, 2017
Google has launched the Android 2.0 OS with a whole bunch of updates and improvements. The LG Watch Sport and the Watch Style will be the first ones to come out of the box with the latest edition of the wearable OS.
Now let’s talk a bit about the Android Wear 2.0 OS. Launched around three years after the first version was released, the new OS makes an entry exactly when smartwatch makers had decided to stop further launches due to no upgrades in the existing software. With an intention to cheer up the smartwatch arena, the Android Wear 2.0 comes bundled with some of the most cutting-edge features. Not just the notifications and the navigation, but the entire user interface has undergone an incredible overhaul. The watch faces can be customised based on the information you intend to see on the display. Just a swipe is all it takes to change a watch-face.
Navigation is now a lot simple, and the notifications get a brand new look. You can now reply to these notifications with a single tap. You can also use the Smart Reply feature that lets you select an existing answer from the preselected list. Amazingly, the new OS is rightly capable of suggesting automated replies based on the message you intend to respond to.
And of course, with Google Assistant onboard, you can get book an Uber, make a restaurant reservation and a lot more with just voice commands.
Making the party more exciting is the Google Play Store. There’s also an App Store meant especially for wearable devices. However, not all of these are standalone apps, as some of them may require a supporting phone app.
Currently, the Watch Style will be available in silver, titanium and rose gold finish. The power button helps you get to the app-launcher or use the Google Assistant. The watch will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 along with 4GB of RAM. 512MB of storage space is good enough. The watch features a 1.2-inch P-OLED display with a 360 x 360 pixel resolution. An IP67 certification makes it dust and water resistant. Other features include a wireless charging support, microphone and accelerometer.
The Watch Sport will be available in dark blue and titanium. Compared to the Watch Style, this one has a slightly larger display at 1.38-inch with a greater resolution of 480 x 480 pixels. Like seen in the Watch Style, this one too will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and 4 GB RAM. However, it comes with slightly more internal storage capacity of 768MB. It has a dedicated button for Android Pay and Google Fit. The power button lets you instantly launch your favourite apps. Other crucial features include 4G LTE support, GPS, NFC and a heart-rate sensor.
Apart from the duo by LG, the Android Wear 2.0 will also be powering several other smartwatches, some of which are Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, Fossil Q Wander, Huawei Watch, Moto 360 Sport, Nixon Mission and Tag Heuer to name a few.
So, if you are still wondering on how a smartwatch can make things easy for you, the new Android 2.0 OS has got all the answers to your questions.