Android Wear is a smartwatch platform that has been limited in functionality since its inception. Google played it close to the vest at first, with the search engine giant not allowing anyone to tinker with adding new features or wristbands for users. Google has now added swappable MODE wristbands to the platform which will make these smartwatches somewhat more customizable, but it has been developers who've done the legwork to make Android Wear a smartwatch platform worth commending.
Once again, there's yet another app that will give Android Wear additional functionality with WiFi networks. Have you had to log-in to WiFi on your phone in order to enjoy it on the watch? Well, worry yourself with it no more. A new app, called Network Manager for Android Wear, takes all the hassle out of WiFi logins by letting you log into to a WiFi network from the watch itself (without having to pull out your phone to do so), even type in WiFi network passwords right from the wrist.
The Network Manager app not only lets you log into WiFi networks on the wrist but lets you go through all the screens when you're logging into a new network (say, at a Starbucks or Chick-Fil-A) and need to agree to the terms and conditions of internet use before doing so.
Android Wear, despite the new LG Watch Urbane LTE that lets you utilize cellular networks to access the internet and brings cellular data to the platform, is still stuck in time with its Bluetooth-pairing requirement that forces users to connect to their smartphone to get service. Google has added WiFi capabilities to Android Wear, but users are still forced to do nearly everything from their phones -- with Android Wear smartwatches being something of an idle bystander in the process.
You can find Network Manager for Android Wear at the Google Play Store and will work for any Android Wear watches -- the LG G Watch and ASUS ZenWatch being excepted. Give it a spin and let us know how it works out. Also, feel free to download Appfour's Documents, the Nest Smart Thermostat, flight and vacation checker app TripIt, social networking chat app Slack, Microsoft Outlook, and the new SnapKeys virtual on-screen keyboard for Android Wear while you're at it.