New Android Wear Features May Take a Cue From Apple Watch

By Darren Orf on at

Apple may be on an imitation streak lately, but Cupertino isn’t the only one who knows a good thing when it sees it. According to Phandroid, the next update to Android Wear, Google’s smartwatch OS, will be taking a few ideas from the Apple Watch.

The biggest one among them is a single press gesture from the watchface that can bring up relevant information without any additional swipes, not completely different from Apple Watch’s Complications feature. As Phandroid points out, many hacked versions of the Android Wear watchface supports this ability, but now Google is making it an official feature, which will hopefully eliminate some of the wonkiness that can come from unofficial support. Phandroid obtained a few images to give a more illustrated description of what Google envisions with this tiny watch-tweak:

New Android Wear Features May Take a Cue From Apple Watch

New Android Wear Features May Take a Cue From Apple Watch

In addition to this added piece of convenience is watch-to-watch communication. Apple Watch accomplishes this with shared heartbeats and little (albeit shitty-looking) drawings. Called Together, Google’s idea of wrist-to-wrist communication will look somewhat similar with “messages, stickers, emojis, and doodles”, according to Phandroid. Whether this will be tied to a specific watch face (which would suck) or a system-wide update is still unknown.

Expect these new added ideas on an Android wrist near you around late July or early August. [Phandroid]