Android Wear May Update adds WiFi, Wrist Gestures & more


Android Wear May Update

Android Wear May Update adds WiFi support to some watches.

As of this week Google has started pushing out an Android Wear May Update which includes a number of new features, most important ones are the WiFi Cloud Sync support and the Wrist Gestures.

The WiFi support feature is not for everyone, but only for those that own an LG Watch Urbane, Moto 360, Sony Smartwatch 3 and Samsung Gear Live. Here is how to activate WiFi synchronization:

  1. Open Android Wear app on your phone

  2. Go to Settings (gear icon in upper-right corner)

  3. Tap on Cloud sync

  4. Turn on

Whats new in Android Wear May Update:

  • Always-on screen, always-on apps: Most Android Wear watches include an always-on screen—no tapping, twisting or shaking required to see what time it is. Now we’re expanding this option to apps, so they can stay visible as long as you need them, instead of disappearing when you drop your arm. Perfect for running, navigating, or grocery shopping!

  • New launcher & Wrist gestures:  Now you can access your apps and contacts by simply swiping left from the watch face.  Android Wear also now responds to specific navigation gestures so you can scroll between cards with a simple flick of the wrist.

  • Draw emojis:  In response to texts, instant messages, or emails, you can now send emojis to your contacts by drawing them on your watch screen. The watch will recognize the emoji you drew and send it via whichever messaging app you’re using. Give it a try by selecting “Draw emoji” whenever you’re replying to a message!

  • Heads-up notifications: Incoming notifications like text messages will now appear on-screen even when you’re looking at something else on your watch, like directions or fitness stats, so you won’t miss anything important.

  • Switching watches made easier: The Android Wear companion app now lets you pair your phone with more than one watch at a time – ideal for swapping watches to match your style.

  • Change your font size: Want to see more text on your watch screen? Or less? You can now adjust the font size from your watch’s settings.

  • Lock your watch’s screen: Want to lock your watch’s screen when you’re not wearing it? Turn on the new “Screen lock” feature from your watch’s settings. When enabled, if your watch detects you’re not wearing it (or it loses the connection to your phone) for a period of time, then your specified swipe pattern will be required to unlock it.