After keeping expectant smartwatch owners waiting for months, Google has finally rolled out its new Android Wear 2.0 update.
The sizeable patch, which is far more than a mere lick of paint, brings a number of major new features to the Google-friendly line of Apple Watch rivalling wearables.
Chief among these is the smartwatch-friendly take on the new Google Assistant, a voice-activated digital assistant much like Siri or Amazon’s Alexa.
ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED ON THE BRILLIANT GOOGLE PIXEL
Originally introduced on the brilliant Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, Google Assistant can be summonsed on the watches by holding the power button and saying “OK, Google.”
Once activated, it can be used to reply to messages, make searches, set reminders and even ask for directions.
There’s also additional, easier ways to reply to messages directly from your watch, with users able to swipe across a digital keyboard or handwrite their responses directly onto their device’s display, a single letter at a time.
HELPING BRING ANDROID WEAR 2.0 TO LIFE
Helping bring Android Wear 2.0 to life, the new software has been launched alongside two new wearable devices, the compact, elegant LG Watch Style and the oversized, specs-heavy LG Watch Sport.
While the Style features a 1.2-inch P-OLED display wrapped in a water and dust resistant sleek, compact body, the Sport kicks things up a notch with a sizeable 1.38-inch panel.
This is paired with a mass of high-end features, including an integrated heart rate sensor, inbuilt GPS and even its own 4G LTE connectivity options, meaning it doesn’t need to be synced to a smartphone.
Both the LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport will go on sale in the US this Friday, February 10, with their UK release to follow later this month.
Instead, Google has announced that “Android Wear 2.0 will be available for all supported Android Wear watches in the coming weeks.”
It’s been suggested that this rollout could begin on February 15, although like with Android powered phones, when your watch actually gets the update will depend largely on the manufacturer’s speed at testing Google’s latest patch.
There’s an extensive list of Android Wear watches confirmed for the Android Wear 2.0 update, with devices including the Moto 360, Asus ZenWatch 2, LG Watch Urbane, Huawei Watch and the Fossil Q Founder getting the nod.