The story of smartwatches isn’t the same now as it was back in 2014. Nowadays if you ask ‘Do you have a Smartwatch?’ some people will be like “Why should I pay for the extra inconvenience!’. It’s because the advancement is stagnating and there is no significant refinement since its launch. To change the game, Google developed Android wear 2.0, the biggest renovation over the years. With this update, your wearable can work autonomously without having to depend on your phone every time.
The first wearables to come with Android wear 2.0 onboard will be LG Watch Sport and Watch Style with a price tag of $349 and $249 respectively. This is just the beginning, and many more companies are expected to release watches with Wear 2.0 in the coming months. Not only the new ones but also the wearables which are in existence are more likely to get the Wear 2.0 update.
Significant refinements in Android Wear 2.0
Revamped watch faces, easy swapping of complications, LTE support, improved GPS, Android Pay, NFC support, Google Assistant, cleaner user interface and a lot more minor features. With the LTE support now you can directly install the apps through the Play Store, browse the web and even navigate using google maps.
With the NFC support, you can now directly pay through Android Pay without even taking out the phone from your pocket. Fitness tracking is very much improved, and if your watch has a heart rate sensor, you can monitor your heart rate too.
You can interact with Google Assistant by saying ‘OK Google’ or by long-pressing the power button. Watch faces can be changed by just swiping left or right and adding a complication to the watch face is very simple by just long-pressing and selecting the required one.
Depending upon the watch’s hardware support(like NFC, LTE, heart rate sensor) wear 2.0 has tons of new features. This move by the Google is a substantial one, but the rival company Apple is ahead of Google in this aspect.