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Huawei Watch receives Android 6.0 Marshmallow update

Huawei Watch receives Android 6.0 Marshmallow update
Huawei Watch receives Android 6.0 Marshmallow update
The update adds gesture functionality, better music controls, and improved Google Now usability.

Huawei is updating its smartwatch from Android Wear 1.4 to Android 6.0 Marshmallow starting today on February 29, 2016. The update replaces Android Wear and will grant users more options and features including the integration of Google Now and an improved UI.

According to the Chinese manufacturer, Google Now will display key information more clearly for the wearer such as personal appointments, weather reports, public transportation schedules, sports scores, and regions of interest. Additionally, contacts from the user's smartphone can now be selected directly on the watch. The last incoming and outgoing calls can be easily summoned as well.

Music from Google Play can be downloaded with playback not requiring an Internet connection. Volume controls are now on the watch itself, so the smartphone can remain in the user's pocket. Custom sounds are supported for launching applications with more available to follow shortly.

The Marshmallow update also brings new gesture functionality. Shaking the wrist, for example, will bring the watch to its Home screen while twisting the wrist down or up can launch a user-defined application or input.

The Huawei Watch is also now available in two versions targeted at women: The Watch Jewel and the Watch Elegant. Both models were designed in collaboration with Swarovski Gemstone. The standard Classic, Active, and Elite models have been available since 2015.

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-02-29 (Update: 2016-02-29)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.