New Android Wear update wants to make reading notifications better

Wear 2.6 also brings Recent App complication and gesture tweaks
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Google has just issued a new Android Wear update that should make some of those core features on your Wear watch even better to use.

Android Wear version 2.6 makes some interesting changes in the notifications department where text size will now adapt based on the length of the message. This should in theory make reading messages on a tiny screen easier.

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Another new feature is the Recent App complication, which now means much like the Dock on the Apple Watch, there's an easier way to find the most recently opened applications.

There's also tweaks in the gesture department, specifically side swipes and long pressing. This is apparently to stop you from accidentally dismissing notifications on your Android Wear smartwatch.

Other changes include the ability to add a shortcut to an app you've used last from the watch face. To do this you'll need to open the watch face editor and tap on the "+" icon. There's now also download indicators so you know exactly how long is left to wait for your Android Wear app to download.

The update is free and you can download Wear 2.6 now via the Google Play Store. Go make it happen.

Source: Phone Arena

New Android Wear update wants to make reading notifications better

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Michael Sawh


Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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