Google Announces Android 5.0 Update for Android Wear
Google’s fledgling wearables platform, Android Wear is in the process of getting its first major system update. Android Wear was launched earlier this year at Google I/O and saw its commercial release with the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. The platform’s device line up was later fleshed out with devices like the Motorola Moto 360, ASUS ZenWatch and the Sony Smartwatch 3.
Recently there were rumours that the Android Wear platform was going to follow in the footsteps of its smartphone counterpart and make the jump into Lollipop territory. Initial leaks, which came courtesy of of Phandroid, pointed to Android Wear getting a visual makeover taking queues from Google’s Material Design – the same design language which has permeated the Lollipop update to Android. In addition, there were inklings of additional functionalities and options.
Just last week, Google announced on its blog that the update will be arriving on Android wear devices. The update brings along with it an official implementation of the Watch Face API. This allows developers to create watch faces with anything under the sun from PacMan to Zelda. Many notable developers and designers have already started development of their own watch faces which you can get from the Google Play Store just like any other app. It also allows developers to integrate things like weather and calendar into the watch faces.
In addition to the aesthetics of the platform, the update brings along with it added functionality. Similar to the leak, the update brings the ability to recall cards which have been dismissed. It also allows the user to toggle Sunlight and theatre modes which increase brightness to increase visibility and reduces it so that your eyes don’t bleed respectively. It also brings the implementation of new gestures which make things easier on Android Wear. One such gesture comes in the form of a quick settings which is toggled by swiping down from the top. Also in the update is a Priority Mode toggle which works only with Android Devices running Lollipop.
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