Google has announced the availability of Android Wear 2.8, a small update that’s available through the Android Wear app on your phone. The new update introduces a darker background for improved readability and a new notification layout which gives you more information from just a quick glance.
In an announcement, the Android Wear team said:
“We are pleased to announce a new Android Wear update, Android Wear 2.8.
This new update has improved notification glanceability with a new layout which shows more of your message at a glance.
We have also made the background darker for better readability.”
Aside from making text easier to read, the darker background could also help prolong the battery life for some Android Wear devices with an OLED (or its variants) display; black doesn’t drain the battery of devices with those screen and users would, therefore, see a reduction in the amount of battery being used.
Google did not give a specific timeline for the update's rollout, saying that it’ll be “rolling out during the next few days.”