If you’re currently sporting one of the several Android Wear smartwatches currently on the market, be on the look out for a much-anticipated update that will enable some pretty cool features. Google announced earlier this morning on its blog that a new version of Wear is rolling out now that will support features like WiFi connectivity and always-on apps, and hand-drawn emoji.
WiFi support is really the headlining feature here, and it’s one that all of us have been waiting for. Going forward, on supported devices, your watch will be useful even when it’s not connected to your phone. As long as your watch supports WiFi, it will still be able to get messages and notifications from your phone over the data connection.
The new Android Wear version also allows apps to operate in ambient mode, so they remain active when the watch goes to sleep. That makes it easier glance quickly at a supported app instead of waking up your watch completely.
When replying to messages, this update will allow you to draw emoji, and the watch supposedly figure out what you mean. We’ll see.
There are some interesting UI changes, as well, so be sure to read the full announcement at the link below.[Google]