Google announced the Android Wear 2.0 at I/O 2016 developers conference. The forthcoming operating system is said to feature tiny keyboard that will make conversing via text easier. It will also have standalone support to make applications functional without connecting to a smartphone. Now, here's the latest round-up of update about Android Wear 2.0.release date, features and update.
Android Wear 2.0 is set to offer new features that will make smartwatches more functional and exciting. According to a Neurogadget report, it is expected to rival the Apple's WatchOS. One of the system's new features is the tiny keyboard. It is said to provide convenient communication through texting. The new system will also allow smartwatch users to dictate responses or offer canned replies. In addition, it will have handwriting recognition software.
The new OS for smartwatches will never need a phone in order for an app to run. According to The Verge, the feature was demonstrated in the I/O developers conference. David Singleton, Google's head of wearables, showed an Android Wear 2.0 accompanying an Android smartphone that was turned off the entire time. Interestingly, the upcoming OS will allow smartwatches to connect to Wi-Fi networks on their own, or rely on cellular when the user is on the go.
The operating system will have a darker design to make the screen more visible. It will also come with a new launcher that will not scroll the applications in a straight list. Instead, it will put applications around the watch's screen. So, more apps on the watch will be visible and more functional. Moreover, the notification icons will now be smaller.
Android Wear 2.0 is expected to be released this fall. However, it is still not confirmed. Several tech websites reported that there is no precise date yet for its launching, but it might happen sometime this year.
As for other news, Samsung is reportedly not working on any Android Wear smartwatches. The company also denied the rumours.
"We disagree with Fast Company's interpretation. Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms," Samsung told in a statement published in Engadget.
Nevertheless, users are still expecting for Android Wear 2.0 to meet their satisfaction. Stay tuned with Gospel Herald for more updates.