Back in November Google announced that Android Wear was gaining support for cellular connectivity, as well as support for speakers and phone calls. These three features were supposed to be the big selling points for LG’s Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, which unfortunately never made it to market due to hardware issues. This meant we never really got the chance to play around with these features and to see how they worked on the Android Wear platform.
With that said, the new version of Android Wear that brings speaker support might not be too far off, according to one lucky user on Reddit. According to the posting, Huawei has sent out an updated build of Wear to Huawei Watch owners enrolled in a special user test group that brings full audio and speaker support. The user’s Huawei Watch received an update to Android Wear build 1.4.0, running atop Android 6.0.1. The user says his device’s speaker is now functional, and he can place and receive phone calls directly from his watch.
The Redditor also confirmed that users are able to select ringtones directly from the watch, enable text-to-speech (which the user claimed was quite annoying), and even play Google Play Music from the watch itself.
We’re not sure when Huawei plans to roll this update out to all Huawei Watch units, but at least we know now that the company is actively testing the next big update. We’ll be sure to update you as we learn more.