Android Wear gets interactive watch faces

The latest Android Wear update brings along with it interactive watch faces, which will make it even easier to stay connected on the go. Currently, users have to fumble around with their watch to try and see what the next event in their calendar is, or to launch an app, but that is all changing.

With the new functionality, developers can add additional information to watch faces that can be revealed with just a single tap. Some examples of the new functionality are:

  • Bits: Choose the info you want at a glance—from weather, to unread mail, to upcoming meetings. Want to know this afternoon's weather forecast? Just tap on the weather complication.
  • Under Armour: Stay motivated with fitness stats on your wrist. Tap the watch face to see your step count, calories burned, and distance.
  • Together: Android Wear's Together Watch Face lets two people stay close throughout the day by turning the entire watch face into a space for sharing. Once you've paired your watch face with a partner's, you'll be able to share things like photos and emoji, as well as your activities (like if you're working out, on the phone, or stuck in traffic).

In addition, this update brings another great feature along with it, Translate. You can now speak to your wrist, and watch your words be translated to any of 44 languages. Flipping your wrist will show the translation to a friend, and when they respond and you flip your wrist back, you'll see the response in your own language.

In order to gain this new functionality, you will need an updated version of Android Wear. The update will be rolling out over the next couple of weeks Google says, so be sure to keep an eye out for the update.

Source: Google