Google has released the second developer preview for Android Wear 2.0, its wearables operating system. The new preview comes with some bug fixes and improvements. One of the changes is that third-party developers can now incorporate wrist gestures, which lets Android Wear 2.0 wearable users navigate on their smartwatches using wrist motions, in their apps. Here’s what you need to know.
Android Wear 2.0 developer preview was launched earlier this year at Google I/O with the aim to give developers early access to subsequent major releases of the operating system.
In this new update, Google has fixed a few bugs and also added new features to Android Wear. This includes an update to Android Platform API to bring it in line with the upcoming Android 7.0 OS, also known as Nougat, and improvements to Android Wear’s user interface.
Google has opened up developer access to wrist gestures for their apps. According to Google’s Android Developers blog:
“Since last year, users have been able to scroll through the notification stream via wrist gestures. We have now opened this system to developers to use within their applications. This helps improve single hand usage, for when your users need their other hand to hold onto their shopping or their kids.”
Android Wear developers can view a sample code to get started on incorporating wrist gestures in their apps over at the Android Developer blog.