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Android Wear get support for WiFi and drawn emoticons
Google has announced a second major update for the Android Wear-platfom. New features include control via wrist movements, the addition of Wi-Fi functionality and drawing emoji’s. In addition, the interface is underway.
Adding Wi-Fi functionality, Android Wear watches can also communicate with the Internet as there is no phone nearby, says Google. For this purpose the watch connects directly to the Internet, rather than through the paired phone. Incidentally, many Android wear watches not support WiFi, but the operating system does have, chances are that watches with support for Wi-Fi will follow.
The interface is underway. Users can include emoji’s draw on the screen, and Android Wear there trying to make a beating emoticon. This allows users from their phone respond to messages with emoticons. In addition, opening apps has become easier; that can now without a voice command or navigate to well hidden menus. By swiping to the left, a list of installed applications is displayed.
Google also adds support for gestures to which a user nara the following “map” on the screen by clicking tilting his arm. In this way, a watch be operated with one hand, which is useful for example if a user behind the wheel.
Finally, developers can enable always-on functionality. In addition, the app keeps running even if a user watch for some time no longer used. Until now, only the standard built-in time to keep the screen awake. The new functionality is under more useful for navigation and fitness apps.
The LG Watch Urbane get the software update first; other watches follow in the coming weeks.
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