The operating system is being optimized for hands-free operations. We bring you 5 new features on Android Wear 2.0 for Android App Development.
A new App Launcher
The app launcher has been redesigned to accommodate the round screen format and look uncluttered. Device interaction has been made user-friendly towards the new app launcher changes. Pushing the side button will display apps in an arc and a new action drawer at the bottom of the display will provide context-specific actions similar to the ones we find on the smartphone.
The new update will unclutter the interface, especially for spherical interface with the well placed cards. Smaller icons are displayed instead of huge messages and the notifications are easier manage with a progress bar on the bottom display showing how many cards are left in the stack. When the user raises the watch to activate it, the notification card will be first pulled up before it is hidden. Bottom to top swiping action will enable the user to normally view the notifications. The cards themselves have been redesigned with light text on a black background and dark text with white background. The two options are offered as a battery saving moving and lessen intrusion of bright notification.
More on Fitness
Android is becoming fitness friendly and with new smartwatches, Google is exploring fresh scope in fitness applications. The new Wear update comes with Google Fit integration and has a new feature for automatic activity recognition. User can open relevant apps for running, walking or bike reading and sensing the activity the relevant app will open up. User can also launch fitness playlist to listen to music of their choice without turning on the device. Music apps can be accessed directly from the homescreen, without turning on the device. The Google Fit app itself can now automatically detect activity and log it. Data sharing between devices and apps have been overhauled.
Messaging is a limited activity on the tiny screen as of now and with the new keyboard and voice texting options it is likely to get better with version 2.0. a small keyboard can be swiped onscreen to type messages and handwriting recognition allows user to write single letters or join words for messaging. Smart replies from Gmail will be accessible with three likely responses as prompts to send quick reply to contact. By tapping o the message user can access options to respond to message.
With the new version, users can now type text directly into the watch, which is a welcome update. There is support for handwriting recognition and Swype-style inputs with traditional typing option. Users can dictate their responses, although in the preview version only short messages are currently working smoothly. However, considering the fact that the wearable device format is for quick actions, this should not pose a big problem. One can access saved responses on the Wear which prompts three contextually relevant responses. This is a smart integration from Gmail’s smart replies.
The new version is likely to be released in the fourth quarter of this year and will integrate with the new Android app development Nougat and come on new devices. The developer preview is available for installation and testing the new features on applications, but improvements are yet awaited before the release date to fine-tune the new system.