Google Drops 4th Preview of Android Wear
Google today made Android Wear 2.0 Beta 4 available to developers. The in-progress platform for smartwatches gains a handful of new features in this latest beta. Some new functions include one-click Google sign-in thanks to the OAuth API, and in-app billing, which will allow developers to unlock new ways to earn. The preview brings back swipe-to-dismiss behaviors and improves backward compatibility with Android Wear 1.0 apps. It also smoothes over action and navigation drawer behaviors; makes the circular UI opt-in, rather than mandatory; and provides burn-in protection for complications. Developers will need to manually install Android Wear 2.0 Beta 4. Google has said Android Wear 2.0 won't reach consumer devices until early 2017.
Hands On with Android Wear 2.0
Google released a developer preview of Android Wear 2.0. This new platform, which touts a wholly refreshed user interface, is the biggest update yet for Google smartwatches.
Final Android Wear 2.0 Preview Adds iOS Support
Google today made the final preview of Android Wear 2.0 available to developers. Google is expected to release the new wearable platform to the public — alongside new smartwatches — at some point in early February.
Google Delays Android Wear 2.0 Until 2017
Google today released Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 3 and also shared some details on the timing for the platform's public launch. The biggest addition to the preview operating system is the availability of the Google Play Store on Android Wear devices.
Google Hopes New API Will Improve Android Wear Complications
Google today announced a new version of its Complications API for developers in order to help them create better experiences for Android Wear. Complications are dynamic data sets that appear on watch faces, such as step counts, notifications, weather alerts, and similar.