The newest Android (News - Alert) update will reportedly include a feature that allows Android Wear users to communicate with each other directly through their smartwatches. Phandroid is reporting that Android’s newest feature, called Together, will allow people to send messages, photos, and drawings and stickers to one another through their watches.
This new feature is almost a carbon copy of the recently released Apple (News - Alert) Watch’s Digital Touch feature, which lets users send their own drawings, taps, and messages to one another using only their Apple Watch. Up until now, this feature has represented the most glaring difference between the Android Wear and Apple Watch operating systems. There is some question as to whether or not this feature will be able to work across different models of smartwatches: Phandroid doesn’t seem to think so, but also admits that the information they are working off of is “quite old.”
The new update to the Android Wear operating system will also reportedly add better single-tap functionality to the smartwatches. Currently, tapping the screen of the watch at rest will automatically launch the main menu, making the user then choose one of the options from the myriad functions. After this new update, tapping the watch face once will allow users to cycle through various home “states.” If the watch is at rest, tapping the screen will shift the watch from displaying the time, to weather, to messages, to its pedometer, as well as other functions.
The update also brings a welcome development for the G Watch R, LG’s smartwatch model that runs Android: Wi-Fi functionality. The last Android Wear update, 5.1.1, left the G Watch R out to dry without Wi-Fi, but this issue will be rectified through this latest software update.
According to Phandroid, Google (News - Alert) is far enough along in the update to send a Software Development Kit to developers, and plans to release the update sometime next month. However, Phandroid cautions that their information on this update is a little dated, and it is possible that not all of these features make it into the final update.
Edited by Dominick Sorrentino
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