Google today announced the newest Android Wear update, which adds a couple of major new features and another, smaller goodie specifically for LG G Watch R owners.
First up, Android Wear now supports interactive watch faces. These use complications to let you quickly access information from your main watch face. Google showed off three examples of these interactive watch faces:
- Bits: A watch face with lots of round circles that can display things like upcoming calendar appointments, step count, unread messages, weather, and more.
- Under Armour: A fitness-focused watch face that’ll display time as well as step count, distance, and calories burned.
- Together: A unique watch face that you can pair with a partner and then be able to quickly share photos, emoji, and more.
Google is also throwing Translate support into Android Wear with this update. This feature will let you speak into your watch and have your words translated into 1 of 44 languages. You can then show the watch to someone else, have them respond to you, and then flip your watch back to you to see what the other person said.
Finally, this update adds Wi-Fi support to the LG G Watch R. This feature was added to other Android Wear phones in a previous update, enabling them to receive notifications from their paired phone when the two devices are out of Bluetooth range.
So yeah, this is a pretty big update. Interactive watch faces will allow devs to create even more interesting, useful watch faces, and we’re looking forward to seeing what kind new faces are released following this update. Google Translate is another major feature, making it easier for you to communicate with someone else that’s using another language since you don’t have to fumble around with your phone.
Google says that this Android Wear update will roll out over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for it.