We’ve known for a while that Google intends to push out a number of updates to Android Wear this year in an effort to continue evolving the platform. While not as exciting as a bigger Lollipop based update would be, Google has begun pushing out AW’s 4.4W.2 update which includes several useful tweaks.
So far the update has only started to hit the G Watch, but it’s only a matter of time before it arrives to the Moto 360 and Gear Live. First, there’s some back-end tweaks that really don’t affect us just yet, like support for built-in GPS and the ability to pair bluetooth speakers and headphones directly to the watch. The GPS feature will only be useful for newer watches that include built-in GPS and the Bluetooth support reportedly doesn’t allow you to actually listen to audio through the pairing just yet.
What does matter to the end-user is a new Play Music command and a new top notification dismissal gesture. The Play Music feature means you can now say “Ok Google, Play Music” to start the “I’m feeling lucky” radio station on Google Play Music. This makes it easy to start up music without pulling out your phone.
Personally, it’s the notification dismissal gesture that I’m most excited to get on my Moto 360 though. Right now if a notification pops up on your watch, it will appear as a half-sized card on your watch face. After the update, you can swipe down on that card to make it disappear from the face but without dismissing it entirely from the watch.
Again, the update is only starting to roll out to G Watch users, so don’t be shocked if you’ve yet to see the upgrade. For those that have, any other changes you’ve noticed that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments!