Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android Wear

We knew the LTE radio in the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE meant it needed some special software from Google in order to make things run smoothly, and it makes sense that the special sauce would be baked right into the next version of Android Wear. What we weren't 100% about was whether that software would bring Android Wear to Marshmallow or if Google had bigger plans for an announcement.

It turns out there's no need to wonder, since the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is already running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Specifically, Android Wear with Android 6.0. Lets take a look.

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE

At first glance, there's not a lot of difference in the UI between the new Watch Urbane and everything else we see on Android wear right now. The red G for voice commands has been replaced with the colorful microphone icon from Google's re-branding. There's a dialer now, obviously, and a Cellular section in Settings to handle the network information and Call Forwarding options.

The UI for the dialer is super simple, just a contacts list next to a recent calls list and a keypad , with a pull down arrow to confirm you've correctly entered the number when entering it manually. Network settings, and the features associated with this menu, are going to vary per carrier so we don't know exactly what to expect just yet.

Android Wear Permissions

Where you'll see the biggest change in the user experience is Permissions. This being Android 6.0, apps on your wrist now need to ask permission to access contacts, storage, microphone, sensors, and connection information among other things. You'll get a pop-up when you go to launch an apps that needs those permissions to function, with a simple check box or x to approve or deny the request. It's simple and straightforward, but also means there's a whole new list of things you need to poke around at on your wrist computer, which adds quite a bit to the initial setup of the watch.

We're going to be digging through every pixel of this updated experience over the next couple of days, but for now it looks like Marshmallow for the rest of Android Wear isn't too far away.