This year at the Google I/O, Google announced the most significant Android Wear update since its launch two years ago: Android Wear 2.0. The new version seems to have evolved and improved experiences on the watch, including watch faces, messaging and fitness.
Some of the highlights include:
- Standalone apps – Apps can continue to offer full functionality even if the paired phone is far away or turned off.
- New system UI – Android Wear brings in a new notification design and an app launcher that makes it easier to take notification actions and launch apps. There’s a new watch-face picker and a dark colour palette, which is said to be suitable for a round display.
- Designs for wearables – The new material design makes the app interface more consistent.
- The new update also takes advantage of the Android N features, such as Data Savers and new emojis.