Google has issued a new update for Android Wear, bringing the old update to the current version, version 1.4. Google has moved a few settings around, one being the cloud sync toggle that has been removed from the main screen and is now in a new sub-screen called “Privacy & Personal Data.” But Google has added some new features as well.
Android Wear Version 1.4 New Features
As for new features, Google has now provided a toggle that allows the sending of diagnostic information so as to monitor problems if you’re experiencing issues with your Android Wear smartwatch (or to determine the cause of an issue if a software bug causes random problems that creep up occasionally). Next, Google has added a Card Previews toggle that allows you to turn the Card Previews on or off. You may want to do this to save on battery life.
Android Wear V. 1.4 Removes Battery Graph
What Google gives with one hand, it takes away with another. Google doesn’t specifically remove the new features, but it did remove the battery graph. You can no longer view battery stats in the latest version, so you may not want to update Android Wear if you enjoy having your battery stats.
Android Wear V. 1.4 Shows Us the Future
The Android Wear V.1.4 doesn’t provide a lot of new features and added functionality, but, as is the case with all incremental updates, Android Wear V.1.4 does show us what’s next. For Google, Android Wear is soon to add the following features:
• Speaker functionality for calls and music
• Support for voice text messages via WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, Telegram, and Nextplus
• Hand gestures to control your Android Wear watch
• Added language options: Polish, Dutch, Thai, Indonesian, Cantonese, and Mandarin
• Battery life improvements
Battery life improvements should be the aim of every update, and it seems as though there should be some improvement in battery life from before (although how much remains to be seen). Speaker functionality for calls and music sounds is being added in future updates, which means that Android Wear users who have a speaker in the smartwatch hardware should be able to place calls on their wrists (of course, with the smartwatch connected to Bluetooth).
Voice text messaging will come to popular text messaging apps, with Telegram being one of the most secure platforms on which to engage your friends, colleagues, family, and other associates. Hand gestures will come as well, though how well these will be received is anyone’s guess.
The Android Wear v.1.4 update has been making its rounds since Friday, so it may take some time before it hits your Android Wear smartwatch. If you’re update-hungry, head on over to your software update and prepare to embark upon the newest AW update. If you don’t like your battery stats being removed, you can always wait until the next update.
What do you think about the battery stats for your AW smartwatch being removed? Did you decide to update before you found out it would take your battery stats away? Did someone warn you not to update because of the battery stats removal? Let us know what the new update is like for you, whether or not you like it, and whether or not you’re having problems with your Android Wear smartwatch.