Google Showcases Three New Standalone Apps for Android Wear 2.0
The much awaited Android Wear 2.0 final release will make its way early next year and in the meanwhile, Google has been releasing developer preview for the Android Wear 2.0. In fact, just recently Google announced fourth developer preview for Android Wear 2.0 and has hinted that there might be one more preview before the final public version is released early next year.
The highlight of the Android Wear 2.0 is the fact that one could install standalone apps on the smartwatch without actually linking it with a smartphone. Google has today revealed three such standalone apps that are in the making for the Android Wear 2.0. The first app is the Glide, an app that lets users live broadcast from their Android Wear 2.0 without fumbling for their smartphones. Also, the users can initiate conversations by just tapping on their contact shortcuts from the watch face.
The next app in the offering is the Foursquare, apparently, the app has been optimized for smartwatch usage and users can search faster. The overall performance has also been considerably improved and one can check out places to eat, shop, drink without having to pull out the smartphone. Lifesum is another app that is in the pipeline for Android Wear 2.0, this app will let users track their water use, mean intake and a few other features within the smartwatch. Also, all of these apps will make use of Android Wear 2.0 new rich text notifications that are contextual in nature.
That said Google has not yet clarified what it exactly means by standalone apps, for instance, Pebble allows users to install the standalone app but they still had a certain degree of reliance over the smartphone app. Android Wear has been heavily ridiculed for its atrocious nature of being a battery guzzler and the slew of bugs it initially came with. OEM’s like Lenovo have already stated that the drop in wearables sales has indefinitely halted their plans for the next Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch.