Announced at the Google I/O back in May, Android Wear 2.0 is a major update to the Wear ecosystem with tons of new features but what appears to have caught everybody’s attention is the ability to install and use apps on the watch without any support from your smartphone. Instead of depending on a tethered smartphone or cloud syncing, it will be able to communicate via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or cellular, using a Multi-APK delivery method.
While many people are worried about the security of just a smartwatch, Wear 2.0 will be using secure transfer authentication data via the Wearable Data Layer API, so no need to worry of apps running wild on your wrist. As part of the untethering program, Wear 2.0 will also have a standalone Play Store, meaning you’ll be able to browse and download apps right to your watch. When Google released the third version of the developer preview, it enabled developers to make and publish apps directly on the Wear 2.0 Play Store.
Apart from the Play Store, three more apps made their way to the standalone alley. Glide, which is a video-messaging apps, made quite an impact with features like broadcasting live from the Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch and going into conversations with just a tap on the watchface. The app that helps you find the perfect places to go with friends, Foursquare, claims that their app will be able to perform faster search and better overall performance so that people stop wasting time looking at their smartwatches and actually doing what Foursquare enables you to do: discovering the best food, nightlife, and entertainment in your area. The famous habit-changing app, Lifesum, is also working on a Wear 2.0 app that enables you to track your daily water consumption and other features offered by the app without needing your smartphone.
Android Wear 2.0 is a big step forward in the smartwatch industry and seems to be a promising start to the next era of smart wearables.
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Via: | Android Authority |
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