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Try out Android Wear’s new emoji drawing feature today – without having to update your smartwatch

If you can't wait for Android Wear's biggest update ever, you can try its new emoji drawing feature now using Google Handwriting Input

Android has rolled out a major update to its smartwatch OS to make it more competitive with the Apple Watch.

This includes Wi-Fi support so you can now use your Android Watch more independently of your phone, tweaks to the interface to make it easier to access your apps and contacts, and a unique feature called emoji drawing.


If you want to respond to a message quickly, but can’t talk to dictate a reply to Google Now, you can doodle drectly onto your smartwatch screen and they will be recognised as any of a hundred emojis, similar to Dolphin Browser’s own gesture-driven controls.

Google says the update will rollout on all seven of the Android Wear smartwatches in the coming weeks, starting with the new LG Watch Urbane. However, if you can’t wait that long to try out emoji drawing for yourself, the feature  was actually included in the Mountain View company’s new app, Google Handwriting Input, which came out on Friday.

Google Handwriting Input

As well as being able to recognise handwritten text in 82 languages and input it into your phone or tablet, you can scribble emoji on your touchscreen using your phone or a stylus and it will give you a range of similar-looking emoji to play with.

Download the app here, and let us know how you get on in the comments!

To find out more about Android Wear and how to get every Apple Watch feature on your Moto 360, pick up Android Magazine issue 50, on sale now in shops and for digital download.