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Only one month has passed after Google rolled the 4.4 W.1 update to Android Wear and the company has a new update available for users.
Google didn’t actually announce the 4.4 W.2 version but the manufacturers that use the Android Wear for their smartwatches, did. Motorola and LG were the first to announce that the new update is adopted into their smartwatches, Moto 360 and the LG G Watch. The LG G Watch R will also get the update, once it is released. Other wearables should also get the update in the following days. Let’s examine the new features that the update brings.
The idea is that smartwatches should provide even more battery life for users. This feature especially comes in handy for the Moto 360, a wearable that was criticized for low battery capacity. The feature, called Smart Battery Saving, turns off ambience mode once your battery life reaches 15%.
This feature should provide users with more accuracy regarding time. The feature automatically checks and synchronizes the time of both your smartphone and your smartwatch.
The idea behind User Interface Tweaks is to reduce the clutter of notifications users get on their smartwatch. With a single swipe towards the bottom, users can hide their notifications. The notifications are still there and you can view them latter, but for the time being, they let you have a notification free display.
Your smartwatch now thinks and feels and adjusts for you. Depending of the brightness of the room, the Mood Lighting feature changes the brightness of the charging indicator of your wearable. This way, it is not too light and the smartwatch doesn’t violate your sleeping.
Users that listen to radio can now activate the “I’m feeling Lucky” feature, which is same as the feature in Google search. This way, Google choose the music for you. All you need to do is to say “Ok Google, Play Music” in the voice command central.
The Music UI has got a makeover in the Android 4.4 W.2. The new controls are now red themed and there are buttons for +/-. You need to have the material version of Play Music in order to get the new music UI.
Consumers have long been waiting and asking for GPS navigation in smartwatches and Google has finally delivered. Sadly, the GPS navigation doesn’t work and function yet, due to problems and hardware support.
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