The last major Android Wear update brought with it goodies like always-on apps and Wi-Fi support, the latter of which allows your watch to get alerts even if its away from your phone. Now details on what Google may be prepping for its next big Android Wear update have leaked.
Google’s next major Android Wear software update will reportedly include official support for interactive watch faces that would let you tap a certain part of the smartwatch’s display to bring up aesthetic changes or new info. Documents posted by Phandroid show examples like tapping a watch face to make changes to the way that it looks, tapping to bring up temperature info or steps info, or tapping to bring up an activity slide, then swiping right to dismiss the slide.
It’s said that Google is already working with developers on new watch faces that support this interactivity. There are currently some third-party faces that offer a similar feature, but they can be kind of hack-y. Google’s official method should look and work better.
Another big chance that’s rumored to be coming to Android Wear is a messaging feature called “Together.” It’s said that Android Wear users will be able to send messages, stickers, emojis, and doodles to one another.
Finally, the upcoming Android Wear update will reportedly add Wi-Fi support to the LG G Watch R.
This sounds like a pretty big update for Android Wear, adding quite a bit of new functionality. There’s no word on if it’ll hit all Android Wear devices like the last update did, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see that happen. That’d be exciting for anyone already with an Android Wear watch, including folks that’ve taken advantage of the recent LG G Watch deals.
This Android Wear update is rumored to be coming “sometime in August.”