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New update for Android Wear gets WiFi support, gesture features and more

Android Wear Always-On Apps

Google’s Android Wear platform is now getting a new update which brings forth WiFi support on compatible devices. Google has detailed the features of this update in a blog post, so we know exactly what to expect. The update will apparently introduce gesture features as well, allowing you to switch to newer notifications with a flick of your wrist.

The update is supposedly beginning to rollout to the LG Watch Urbane first, with more devices expected to follow over the coming weeks. There is also support for always-on apps now, which works for notes, maps and similar applications which will need your full attention. They will fade to black and white when the display times out (as shown above), so you can still view them.

Android Wear - Gestures

The addition of the WiFi feature will save you the trouble of pairing your device over Bluetooth as notifications will be shared over a WiFi connection. This feature is hardware dependent though, so you probably won’t find support on some of the first gen Android Wear devices.

Google has also added quick access to contacts and apps with Android Wear now, with just the tap of the display needed to access them. Another noteworthy addition is the ability to write or draw emojis on the display instead of performing a voice command.

Source: Google Blog

Via: Phandroid