Google today released Android Wear update catching up to the Apple Watch with interactive watch faces.
Android Wear just got much better. Google today released interactive watch faces, known from the Apple Watch. Now tapping on a watch face can change its design, reveal more information, or launch a specific app.
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Google partnered with several app developers and there are about 20 Android Wear apps available now in the Google Play store with interactive watch faces. Apps include an Under Armour fitness app.
Google also released today Google Translate for Android Wear. Translate is built into the latest Android Wear software update. Users can have bilingual conversations even if they do not have Google Translate on their phone, or if they are away from their phone but connected via Wi-Fi.
The usage is straight forward. Users just speak into their smartwatch to see their conversation translated into any of 44 languages. Flipping the wrist shows the translation to a friend.
When they respond in their own language, flipping the wrist back shows what they said in the user's language. Google Translate will automatically recognize which of the two languages is being spoken. This will keep the conversation natural.
There are translation apps that work with the Apple Watch. Apple is though not offering a native translation app. Google Translate is free and now one of the coolest apps on Android Wear smartwatches.