Android Wear users can now smile and be happy as Google has announced that the Android Marshmallow will be available to them everywhere within the next couple of weeks.
“Everywhere” in this context means the update will be available to even the recently released models including the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch and Huawei Watch for Ladies. While not all smartwatches are due to have the update at the same time, it won’t be long before everyone is able to have it.
Since everyone is so excited about the news, what interesting features should we expect to see in the new Android Marshmallow for smartwatches?
Sending Messages by Voice
Finally smartwatch users can now have the opportunity to send messages just by talking to their wearable as the new update provides support for sending messages by voice. You will now be able to send messages to your colleagues via messaging apps such as Google Hangouts, Nextplus, Telegram, Viber, WeChat and WhatsApp.
If you haven’t used Google Now before, this new feature might sound strange to you; however, it doesn’t take a while to get used to such feature even if you haven’t tried it before.
New Gesture for Navigation
Navigating through the apps and interface is now easier and much fun with the addition of new gestures. You will now be able to expand a card, pull up apps or go back to the home screen by simply pushing, lifting or shaking.
In case you are new to this, all you need to do is to swipe left, go to Settings and tap on Wrist Gestures. The only problem I see with this new feature is a massive drain of your battery—otherwise; it is one nice addition you will love so much.
Make Calls And Listen To Messages With “Speaker Support”
The new Android Marshmallow for smartwatch gets even more interesting with a new feature that enables you to make calls while also listening to messages. This new feature is however, best suited to those Android Wear watches that are fitted with a speaker. Aside from screening calls, you will have the option of making and taking calls using Bluetooth and listen to audio and video messages via some apps like Glide.
Google’s effort is geared at providing its users with state of the art devices and technologies that make life easy. However, this may not be possible in all cases as users’ appetite for more useful apps and features continue to be on the rise. Adding these new features and updates by Google provide a sort of answers to the demands of users.
“There are plenty of times when you’ve got your hands full but still need to stay on top of reminders, messages, and calls. That’s why Android Wear includes things like voice actions and gestures,” Krystal Higgins, user experience designer for Android Wear, says.
Recall that Android Marshmallow has already found its way to the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, but it didn’t quite work out as expected because of an issue that “affects the day-to-day functionality.”