Android Wear 2.0 gets a keyboard, standalone apps, activity recognition and a new UI


Google’s Android Wear smartwatch platform launched more than two years ago and it’s now supported by more than a dozen brands and runs on more than 100 watch designs. Today, the company took the wraps off version 2.0 of Android Wear, the biggest update of the platform yet.

Google will release the developer preview of Wear 2.0 at I/O, but it’ll take until the fall before this new version will roll out to all users.

As Google VP of Engineering for Android Wear David Singleton told me, the team took a closer look at how people are using their watches now that they have been on the market for a while and focused on improving those features. The new version, he said, represents a “holistic pass across the design of the whole system” and focuses on providing users more…

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