Android Wear Watch Becomes a Standalone Device

Android Wear Update Featured Image

Today I received a notification with Android Wear update, which contains one very powerful feature. I’d call it a breakthrough in Android Wear. After a simple software update your wearable gadget becomes a powerful standalone device.

No need in the permanent connection with the smartphone which should be nearby all the time previously. Now my Moto360 watch is able to connect to WiFi (you still have to enter the WiFi network password on the phone once to connect) and receive all the notifications directly without pairing with your smartphone. The same feature had been announced to be released with Apple Watch OS 2 for Apple Watch, and now the same great functionality is available for Android Wear users.

Android Wear Wi-Fi settings
Android Wear Wi-Fi settings

One more great feature I notices on my watch after update is a screen lock feature. Users now are able to set up a gesture pattern on the Android Wear watch screen, and your watch will be automatically locked every time you take it off.

Android Wear screen lock settings
Android Wear screen lock settings

The only thing we should be worried about since now is the Android Wear device battery life, since Wi-Fi uses lot more battery resources compared to BTLE (Bluetooth) with its ultra low-power consumption. Anyway, Elegance Watch Face for Android Wear is highly optimized for low power consumption, so the battery will remain charged for a longer time.

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