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Google Vice President of Engineering, David Singleton, during the Google I/O Keynote
Google Vice President of Engineering, David Singleton, during the Google I/O Keynote

A Glance on Google I/O: Android Wear 2.0

With everyday passing in our lives, smartphones keep growing more and more attached to us that we seldom leave ’em, as we go to sleep all of us love to make one last check on email and social networks, before fainting to sleep, forgetting to leave the phone to recharge. It’s also annoying, having to carry the phone in your pocket as you go to the toilet, or that time when you suddenly decide to have a run outside, but you’re afraid that your phone might slip out of your pants. Wouldn’t you just love to have a run outside without being obliged to carry your phone in your pocket, while listening to the music that you love, not worrying to miss an important call or something?

Well, we believe that Google have finally found a solution to such issue. In their latest I/O Conference, Google’s unveiled that they intend to put a standalone application support into their next version of Android Wear  (2.0) which is presumed to be released by this Fall.

The new Android Wear 2.0 will offer support for standalone applications. For example, you will be able to download a songs from Spotify or Soundcloud using your smart wrest-watch, which of course has it’s standalone 3G functionality, and the app will start playing it (don’t forget to pair your Bluetooth headset with your watch).

There will be other uses for the new Android Wear 2.0. We earlier asked if you would love to run without having to carry your phone in your pocket, well yes, you would definitely love it, and not only that, you will be able using this new tool to download apps such as Strava or Runkeeper, which will log jogging and cycling activity without the need to bring the phone along with you, and then sync up the information if you like, once you’re back with your phone, or send directly to the cloud, since that it supports 3G, Wi-Fi, and packet data connection.

Keyboard and Handwriting

Android Wear 2.0 will allow you to text back and reply to messages without having to have your phone around, because simply, they just made you a keyboard embedded in your smartwatch’s screen. But of course, if your watch have a small  screen, you will then need to buy another one so it would work fine with you, OR.. you can write with your own handwriting, which takes us to another feature they made.

Even if you have a bad handwriting, you might actually love this feature. Using the new Android Wear 2.0, you can draw out the letters you intend to include in your text and Android Wear will just transform them into text.

Other Information for Your Knowledge

Developers will be able to implement an API that displays information from their apps directly on the watch face. The watch face developer has to make space for the feature on the watch face itself so it can work, and the app developers have to allow information to be displayed on the watch face. But if that’s all implemented, you’ll be able to pick and choose the apps that notify you as you please.

Android Wear 2.0 will also come with a few new interface tweaks. Your activity will be recognized with a new refined version of Google Fit, manually knowing the time when you begin walking or running without you having to start an exercise. The launch will be by the Fall of 2016 with the official debut of the Android N smartphone.

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A Glance on Google I/O: Android Wear 2.0

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