Android Wear 2.0 at Google I/O 2016

There were four sessions about Android Wear 2.0, which shows Android wear is becoming more important. I’d like to summarize one session and share session videos here.

What’s new in Android Wear 2.0?

Google introduced Android Wear 2.0 at Google I/O last week. There are many new features in 2.0, but I’d like to mention some of the feature:

The best thing is that Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches will be able to connect directly to the internet, instead of having to rely on a paired connection to a phone. The users can connect to the internet over Wi-Fi, LTE, or even by a phone over Bluetooth, so iPhone users  who use Android War can use all the features of Android Wear as Android users.

Android Wear 2.0 also allows you to install apps directly to watches(o/), instead of requiring them to be bundled in phone apps. So users will be able to browse and install Android Wear apps from Google Play Store right on the watch itself.

In addition, UI is more optimized for round display. The launcher and scroll bar are good examples. Currently, it only supports two watches: LG urbane 2nd edition and Huawei watch as developer’s preview. Android Wear 2.0 includes the Android input method framework (IMF), which  allows users to enter text on smart watches using the system default IME or third party IMEs.

There are more sessions about Android Wear 2.0:

Android Wear 2.0: Building Apps with Material Design

Android Wear 2.0: Making Watch Apps more Standalone

Android Wear 2.0: Watch faces and Complications



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