Android Wear update adds speaker support, new gestures

Android Wear

Google is rolling out a major new upgrade for all Android Wear users over the course of the next few weeks. The update promises to make it easier for people to get things done even when their hands are full.

There are 3 big changes coming to Android Wear smartwatches in the upgrade. First off, the gesture-based navigation features have gone from only allowing basic scrolling to the ability to expand a card or return to the homescreen with a simple push, shake or lift. For instance, users can open the application menu by holding their arm in front of them, pushing down and then up again.

Secondly, Android Wear now lets users send a text message through third-party apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Nextplus, Viber and WeChat using their voice. All they have to do is say OK Google followed by the missive and the chat tool they want to send it through, similar to how the function can be utilized to answer queries.

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Lastly, Google has added support for speakers. While its wearable software previously only allowed consumers to view calls, the new update will let them answer and make calls too. This will be made possible with help of Bluetooth technology. Furthermore, they can also view or listen to audio and video messages through tools like Glide.

It’s important to note here that only a limited number of Android Wear smartwatches ship with built-in speakers as of now, so the benefits of the third new change will be restricted to those that have a speaker unit. This list includes devices like the Huawei Watch and Asus ZenWatch 2 (49mm).