Android Wear updated to version 6.0 (Marshmallow)

    Many owners of smart watches based on the Android Wear platform can be satisfied - Google rolled out the long-awaited update of the operating system of its device. The first smartwatch with this OS was the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE (back in November!). But for a number of reasons, LG removed this device from all catalogs, just 6 days after the launch of sales.

    With the departure of this watch, the new OS version, Marshmallow Android Wear, also left the market. And only now, in February, they decided to roll out the update again. The official Google blog says the update will be available soon on all models of smart devices with Android Wear.

    Thanks to the update, the new version of Android Wear can now send messages to any of the available instant messengers, and the management can be purely voice. The user then chooses which service to send his message to. It looks like this: "Ok Google, send WhatsApp a message to Nathan: I'll be right there." Google defines the messenger that the owner of the watch wishes to use by the spoken name. Available instant messengers are Google Hangouts, Nextplus, Telegram, Viber, WeChat, and WhatsApp.

    In addition, Android Wear now supports built-in speakers. So if your watch is equipped with this miracle of technology, you can listen to audio messages and make calls directly from the device. There are two well-known watch models on the market that have speakers. This is a Huawei Watch andASUS ZenWatch 2 (49mm). Most likely, after receiving the update, these devices will fully utilize their speakers.

    On the same Huawei Watch, sound notifications will now work.

    The third important update was the new gesture control feature of the watch. With gestures, you can now scroll through a set of cards, select a separate card, change its size or return to the previous menu.

    By the way, Google did not indicate this in a post, but the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE has a built-in LTE modem. This fact does not make the watch autonomous, completely and completely, but in some cases it will be possible to connect to your phone via LTE.

    Any other smart watch with an LTE modem on board will also be able to use it after upgrading to Android 6.0. At the moment, LG's watches are still the first and only of their kind - there is only an LTE modem in them.

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