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Android Wear update brings new features

Android Wear update introduces interactive watch faces and more.

Google has just revealed the details of the latest update for Android Wear, the operating system used in a wide range of smartwatches today. The update will introduce a few key new features such as interactive watch faces. This will allow users to find and look up information regarding calendars or weather quickly without having to open any applications to do so.

Google Translate will also be making its way to Android Wear smartwatches as well, with the ability to translate words in 44 different languages. Speaking into a wearable can translate a word or phrase instantaneously, and it can be very useful in conversation. Another interesting change to the operating system is that the new watch face API will be open to developers who want to create their own interactive faces. 

The LG G Watch R is also receiving WiFi support for the first time with this update, and it will allow the wearable to interact with the connected smartphone without using bluetooth. Android Wear's new update will release to all wearables in the next few weeks. Google is likely trying to get a head start on new watch features now that Apple's latest WatchOS 2 will be releasing soon, so the steady improvements and updates to its own smartwatch operating system could help strengthen sales.


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Joseph Lambert, 2015-08-20 (Update: 2015-08-20)