Android Wear update brings watch-to-watch comms and interactive watch faces

Fun smartwatch features are rolling out now
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An Android Wear update has begun rolling out, bringing watch-to-watch communication and interactive watch faces to Google-powered smartwatches.

The Android Wear update will allow users to send stats, messages, emojis, doodles and stickers in just a few taps via the watch face, using the new Together app.

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Interactive watch faces let users see additional information and launch apps right from the watch face screen. After the update, a single tap on the watch face can either show weather information, quickly change the style or colour of the face, or launch an activity.

"Wearing a watch lets you tell time with just a glance. Android Wear has expanded this at-a-glance experience to other useful info like your next meeting, daily step count, or messages," said Flavio Lerda, software engineer, Android Wear. "Today, we're launching interactive watch faces, making it easier (and more fun) to stay connected, right from your wrist.

As well as Together, an interactive watch face called Bits is on offer - see video below - as well as a fitness focused one from Under Armour.

Android Wear just hasn't quit in 2015 with a lot of big new features announced over the past few months. That's a trend we hope to see continue in wearable tech - no-one has got things spot on yet so there's plenty still to do.

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Wareable Media Group co-CEO Paul launched Wareable with James Stables in 2014, after working for a variety of the UK's biggest and best consumer tech publications including Pocket-lint, Forbes, Electric Pig, Tech Digest, What Laptop, T3 and has been a judge for the TechRadar Awards. 

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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