This move comes in the wake of the Apple unveiling its Apple Watch a couple of weeks ago. This has prompted Google to announce that all of the smartwatches that run Android Wear, such as the LG G watch and the Samsung Gear 2, will receive a major update with two key features from the Apple Watch.
Firstly, you will now be able to hand-draw emojis onto your watch, which will then convert themselves into proper emojis (no offence to your drawing skills intended) that you can send, trumping the Apple Watch for speed and entertainment. To see how to practise your emoji drawing talents, check out our quick tutorial here.
The other headline news from the update is the creation of Wi-Fi support. You can now get all your notifications and alerts through your phone even if it’s not within range, provided both are hooked up to a Wi-Fi signal. What makes this even better is that the watch and phone don’t even need to be connected to the same network, meaning you can be at a mate’s house and your phone can be at yours and you’ll still get your alerts.
Google is also introducing the ability to flick your wrist to scroll through screens, making life easier for when you’re wearing gloves or have your hands full, and the always-on option for all your apps, not just the clock.
Let us know what you think of the updates and if this will convince you to get an Android Wear device.
To see what we’re expecting in the future world of Android, pick up issue 50 of Android magazine, available in shops and online now.