If an Android Wear smartwatch lives on your wrist, be on high alert for a new update rolling out in the next few weeks with features focusing on voice actions and gestures.
Last year’s 5.1 update allowed you to flick your wrist to move between cards. The newest gesture set lets you expand a card, bring up apps, or return home with a push, lift or shake of your arm. If you’re unclear on what these movements entail, we’re sure Google will include a tutorial.
Saying “OK, Google” lets you do a variety of things, like texting or asking a question. Now you’ll be able to verbally send messages through more apps like WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Nextplus, Telegram, Viber and WeChat.
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The Official Android Blog notes you’ll simply have command, “OK Google, Send a WhatsApp message to Nathan: I’ll be right there.” It seems like a mouthful and it’s questionable whether the watch will be able to catch it all or understand your request but the team probably tested this…we hope.
Lastly, if your smartwatch happens to be a Huawei Watch or the larger 42mm Asus ZenWatch 2, you’ll be one of the few who can use your Android wearable to make and take calls through Bluetooth, and listen to audio and video messages with the Glide app.
Android Wear hasn’t always been an intuitive smartwatch operating system but it definitely wants to be, and with a few more updates like these, it really can be something great.