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Google Wear Gets Upgrades

Google Wear Gets Upgrades
Google Wear Gets Upgrades

Industry sources have revealed some of Google’s plans for the future of Android Wear.

Version 5.1.1 of the wearable OS came out fairly recently and brought about quite a few new gestures and a much-needed rethinking of the main control scheme and menu arrangement.

According to some new info, the next iteration promises even more advanced functionality.

GSM Arena says one of the main features, said to be in the works, is a new single tap gesture, intended for interactive functionality on watch faces. Android Wear users have always been able to bring up the launcher with a single tap on the screen.

While convenient, it seems that developers have been experimenting with other uses for the single tap, which Google is now picking up on.

Currently, there are a few Wear apps in the Play Store that overwrite the aforementioned default behavior and implement some quick toggles or shortcuts, to be activated with a single press.

Apparently, the idea has its appeal and prompted Google to integrate the behavior straight into the OS, so developers will not have to rely on undocumented tricks and hidden buttons to get the effect they desire.

This new control scheme might have already been in planning for some time now, since the last Android Wear update made the launcher accessible through a swipe from right to left.

Essentially freeing up the single tap, and of course, there is always the familiar “OK Google” voice trigger.

Watch-to-watch messages are said to be another new feature coming to Android Wear. Apple Watch users already have the possibility to send doodles to one another and Google does not want to lag too far behind. The feature is called Together and should allow Wear users to send each other messages, photos, emojis, stickers and doodles.

It could turn out to be restricted to a particular watch interface, which is kind of counter-intuitive. In any case, this info is preliminary and while it sounds credible enough, largely unconfirmed and subject to change.

Last, but not the least, the next Android Wear update is said to finally put an end to the LG G Watch R Wi-Fi drama and enable the feature.

We hope to find more information on the future of Android Wear soon prior to the software rollout, which was initially set for July 28, but will likely be postponed for August.