Android developers who have been on the lookout for ways to get more out of their Android 2.0 will feel vindicated as the official Android Developers Blog used by giants Google recently announced a holistic map on app design and the optimum ways to better user experience. Coming out of the guide, one of the main points was how to simplify navigation for the user if the user wants to switch between various apps or log out of one, and this is done clearly by making use of the single-page navigation drawer that has the clearest of icons with the clear cut purpose that users gather all information at a glance.
The absence of text also makes it easier for the users to glean as much as information as possible from the watch screen without confusing themselves. These apps also make use of the expanded user interface functions that come with Wear 2.0 such as peeking at the actions towards the bottom of the screen and expandable notifications with a much easier-to-read font which you do not need to sweep horizontally. The biggest change that is coming with the new update to the Android Wear are the standalone apps, and now you will not be needing your phone anymore to use the apps on your smartwatch. What you can do now on the next generation of smartwatches is that you can use Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or cellular instead of tethering your phone to the watch or cloud syncing. All this functionality ultimately translates into more functionality for your smartwatch independent of your smartphone.
Android Wear 2.0 was introduced in the market in February, 2017 and put into market the next generation of smartwatches that were made by LG working closely with Google. The latest version is the biggest change since the launch of the original Wear software in 2014, according to Google and the update will work to improve the user interaction with their watches, and will process and present more information to their users without having them look at their phone with which the watch is hooked up to.
The always-on faces of the smartwatches are not customisable, and users have the option to set up quick launch of their preferred application or display statistics from fitness apps. What’s more is that the Android Wear 2.0 can even have the physical dials on the smartwatches used in order to improve user interaction, and this is something that developers have the freedom to take advantage of in the future. The best improvement with the new update is that the update itself can be downloaded directly to the smartwatch using the Google Play Store by pairing them with iOS devices and connecting to the internet without having to use the user’s phone internet connection.
The many changes that Google is unveiling for developers in interface as well as functionality mean that developers have their task cut out when trying to upgrade their smartwatches to what Google has envisioned as part of Android Wear 2.0. The many subtleties have to be understood well before the apps are to be designed for the new update of the Android Wear, and apps that are a simple conversion of the phone version will be rejected by Google almost for sure. Google has published a detailed guide on the kind of apps it expected from developers working on apps that will use all the available features of Android Wear 2.0 and if you are a developer, it is worth a shot reading the guide before starting work on the app.