Android Wear Together is no more

Social feature shutdown in anticipation of Wear 2.0
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This time last year Google introduced the Together app for Android Wear - allowing watch-to-watch communication and interactive watch faces to its smartwatch line-up. Think Digital Touch on the Apple Watch.

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But the news now is that Together is being canned from the platform. Google hasn't given up on the Digital Touch rival - it's simply baking the main features into Android Wear 2.0.

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Together allows users to send stats, messages, emojis, doodles and stickers in just a few taps via the watch face. However, the latest version of the Android Wear app comes with a warning that Together is no more...

"Many of the best features of Together will be integrated directly into the platform so you can connect with more people using your favourite messaging services. In addition to emoji, you'll be able to use Smart Reply keyboard, or handwriting on the watch screen. You'll also be able to customize a number of different watch faces with useful data from your favourite apps. Thanks for using Together. We have had some great feedback and used this to make Android Wear 2.0 the best way to stay connected with the people you care about most."

Android Wear 2.0 is already here, as long as you're prepared to put up with a few bugs and rough edges and install the developer version.

The dev preview currently works with two Wear watches - the Huawei Watch and the LG Urbane Watch 2 LTE.

We've been living with Wear 2.0 for a while now and, while updates to messaging, standalone apps, fitness and the user interface don't sound like much, it's a clear difference to the older version.

Android Wear Together is no more


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Prior to founding Wareable, and subsequently The Ambient, he was the senior editor of MSN Tech and has written for a range of publications.

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