Android wear 2.0: An overview of all functions
13 June 2016 in General, operating systems, Google Android, Smartwatch, wearables | Caspar Hohrenk
Android wear is an operating system from Google, which was speciallydeveloped for use on Smartwatches.
Android wear is used on many so-called Smartwatches. The computer clocks are offered by manufacturers such as Huawei, LG, Motorola andASUS. Android wear is the currently most widely used operating system for Smartwatches. In addition to the creation of Google, there are similarly watches with an own OS from Samsung and Apple. The South Korean manufacturer Samsung opts for the in-house Tizen for his watches. Meanwhile the producer at his new ideas in the field of wearables except to its own eco system compatibility; the Samsung gear fit 2 already – addressed – as the name especially to athletes, can be addressedwith all popular Android smartphones. Apple’s Smartwatch with the good catchy name Apple Watch works only with iPhones.
That Android wear specially designed for wearables like, for example,watches, one it recognizes that the complete system is designed to work on very small screens and look while still good. Because the displayof the watches measure all around the 1.5 inch, which is just 3 to 4 cm in diagonal. So that even people with large fingers to operate the clock, Google uses the surface mainly simple swipe gestures and especiallythe voice control.
Are • what Smartwatches there? We have the overview!
Android wear: Operation by voice
So will the Hotword “Ok, Google” opened to take advantage of all opportunities the Smartwatch. Like an Android Smartphone, you can dictate affiliated a variety of questions or statements that answer then by theclock, or run. You can ask not only for the weather, but send messagesto contacts, using Google maps to navigate can, play music, or createnotes. Of course one is limited not only to Google’s own services, butalso third party apps on the watch can perform as well as control.
It is also possible to control the music from Spotify, the “Phillips hue” to use lamps and track for example the training via Milokopi. Because the clock is not only a chic bracelet and a round or square display, butalso a variety of sensors, which for example can measure the movements of the user. The Smartwatches with Android wear can be used alsoas a pedometer. The clock has a built-in GPS receiver, you can hold also speed and distance, with which you are – without, that takes over theSmartphone just. Not only a GPS module, but just as a heart rate monitor is installed in some models of the Smartwatch. Thus, an accurate measurement of the pulse is possible during the training. These include among others the Huawei watch and the ASUS ZenWatch 2.
Operation via gestures
But of course the Smartwatch is with Android wear not only about the language control, but also gestures, as mentioned at the beginning. Sits you in the subway, the Office or in the University would you not aloudto a WhatsApp message reply. Fortunately, you can control the clock then swipe gestures. On the whole, coarse, Android wear as the cards mesh user interface can be described: from top to bottom, it wipes by the respective app maps, with one wipe to right to remove the notifications (by the clock as well as from the Android device), and a wiper to theleft to reach the advanced actions such as, for example, the replies function WhatsApp messages. The home screen of Android wear-Smartwatches is not an overview of app icons and widgets, but a so-called Watchface but like in Android. It mimics a real watch, by clock hands or digits appear on the display.
So a Smartwatch at first sight can one “correct” watch very similar to impact what is also not so wrong. Because not everyone wants at first glance as a technology fan “unmasked” are. The dials of the Smartwatches can be exchanged freely. A notification on the clock, is a small window on the Watchface appears. The notification on the whole display appears a wiping gesture upwards.
But what if you just don’t use the Smartwatch? The display will turn off to conserve battery. The Smartwach can be activated simply by a movement of the wrist. Some models have a button by the side also wake-up clock

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