Latest Android Wear 2.0 Release Improves The iPhone Experience
The fifth and final developer preview of Wear 2.0 has gone live, with hugely improved features for iOS pairing.
This is the first 2.0 developer preview that includes iOS support, meaning that devs can create standalone apps that iPhone users are able to download from the smartwatch’s onboard Play Store. On the current Android Wear version in the real world, Android smartphone users had to use their handsets to download and sync apps – while iPhone users were only able to tap into notifications and pre-loaded Google app package.
Developers simply need to mark their app submissions as standalone friendly and they will show up in the new wrist-based Play Store.
As well as the new apps, notifications have been revamped for iPhone users and the automatic activity tracking feature has been switched on. This means, for example, a wearer’s Endomondo app could kick in and track a workout without any screen touching at all.