Android Wear will be receiving an update in the coming weeks that will give compatible devices new features. But, perhaps even more interesting, is that the new update will activate dormant speakers in some select Android Wear devices.
Although some gestures are currently available, Google has expanded the capabilities of Android Wear by adding new ways for users to navigate devices. Previously you were able to use gestures to navigate cards by flicking the wrist, now users will also be able to expand those same cards by lifting or shaking their Android Wear device.
Android Wear will now also support sending messages via voice using an expanded assortment of supported apps. But, what will be most exciting for some, is that the new update will awaken the dormant speakers found in the Huawei Watch and the ASUS ZenWatch 2, allowing for calls and other audio related features.
A detailed summary of features is listed below:
- Navigate your watch with new gestures. Scrolling up and down your card stream is as simple as flicking your wrist. Starting today you can also expand a card, bring up your apps, or return home to your watch face with a push, lift or shake. You'll be able to stay connected to what’s important, while keeping your phone (or other hand) in your pocket.
- Send more messages with just your voice. With Android Wear, you’ve always been able to get answers to spoken questions. Now you can also use your voice to send messages from apps like Google Hangouts, Nextplus, Telegram, Viber, WeChat, and WhatsApp. Running late for lunch? Just say “OK Google, Send a WhatsApp message to Nathan: I’ll be right there.”
- Make calls and listen to messages with speaker support. Screening calls from your wrist is a nice convenience that comes with Android Wear. Thanks to speaker support, you can now make and take calls over Bluetooth. And you can listen to audio/video messages with apps like Glide. All you need is a watch with a speaker, which today includes the Huawei Watch and the ASUS ZenWatch 2 (49mm).
The update will be rolling out in the coming weeks to all Android Wear devices. The speaker update will only be available for the Huawei Watch and Asus ZenWatch 2.