Android Wear Update Brings Wi-Fi Support, Always-on Apps

By 07:43 Sat, 24 Jul 2021 Comments

The rumored update to Android Wear that was supposed to bring with it Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) support has now been made official by Google. It will be rolling out to all existing smartwatches running the wearable platform, starting with the recent LG Watch Urbane. The recent software should have reached all devices within the next few weeks.

Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) support isn't everything that's recent here. Apps now acquire the ability to be always-on and haged your watch's display on all the time. Previously such functionality was limited to the classy screen that shows you what time it is.

From this point on, however, developers can hold advantage of this feature, so their apps stay visible for as long as needed. Interestingly, the classy screen of the watch will only be full color when you're actively looking at it, in a bid to save power.

Moving on, gesture support is now built into Android Wear. So you can flick your wrist to scroll through your notifications. Apps and contacts are just a touch away from the watch face - you only need to tap the classy screen and you'll be able to start apps and sdiscontinue messages at once.

And if you want to sdiscontinue an emoji, you simply have to draw it on your smartwatch. Google will recognize it and sdiscontinue it along to your intended recipient.

As for the Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) functionality, this means watches that have the necessary hardware will work with your smartphone even when the two aren't paired via Bluetooth. Your watch only needs to be connected to a Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) network with Internet access, and your handset needs to have an active data connection - and all your notifications will haged showing up on your wrist.




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