Android Wear Gets Official Speaker Support, New Gestures For Easier Navigation

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Google is finally enabling speaker support in Android Wear, meaning select smart watches will be able to make calls and listen to messages using the included speaker. We’ve seen watches like the Huawei Watch and ASUS ZenWatch 2 ship with speakers inside, but they were not active at release. Google has announced a number of changes for Android Wear-powered smart watches that make controlling things easier from your wrist.


These changes include:

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  • Navigate your watch with new gestures. Scrolling up and down your card stream is as simple as flicking your wrist. Starting today you can also expand a card, bring up your apps, or return home to your watch face with a push, lift or shake. You’ll be able to stay connected to what’s important, while keeping your phone (or other hand) in your pocket.
  • Send more messages with just your voice. With Android Wear, you’ve always been able to get answers to spoken questions. Now you can also use your voice to send messages from apps like Google Hangouts, Nextplus, Telegram, Viber, WeChat, and WhatsApp. Running late for lunch? Just say “OK Google, Send a WhatsApp message to Nathan: I’ll be right there.”
  • Make calls and listen to messages with speaker support. Screening calls from your wrist is a nice convenience that comes with Android Wear. Thanks to speaker support, you can now make and take calls over Bluetooth. And you can listen to audio/video messages with apps like Glide. All you need is a watch with a speaker, which today includes the Huawei Watch and the ASUS ZenWatch 2 (49mm).

These changes will be rolling out to all Android Wear watches over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for the update on your watch.

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Last Updated on February 5, 2016.


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