Android Wear Smartwatches to Get Marshmallow Update: LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition first to get the update
The search giant has finally started releasing API 23 SDK for Android Wear devices. The new update is reportedly based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is going to make Android Wear devices all the more enticing and useful.
The best thing about the latest update is the fact that without exception all the previously launched Android Wear wearables will be getting updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
In the meantime Google has revealed the first lucky device to get the update will be none other than the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.
While making the announcement the search giant made it plainly clear that all previously launched Android Wear-based smartwatches will “in the coming months” receive an OTA update for API 23 based on Marshmallow. So even the wearable devices introduced in the market a long time ago, will also have their functioning enhanced, making them more useful for their owners.
Google has said that the Android Wear SDK for API 23 will be coming with many enticing features including the new emulators, and support for runtime permission checks. It has several other features including support for external speakers, Intel x86 chip, and the ’round’ and ‘notround’ resource qualifiers.
Google has made it clear that it will enable developers to upload exactly-sized images and layouts for all watch types.
While detailing it further said Wayne Piekarski, Developer Advocate on Developer blog “API 23 makes it easier to build apps for both round and square Android Wear watches”. For Android Wear developers, they will have to ensure that apps are compatible with both API 23 and API 22 watches. He went on to add, â€œThe LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is the first watch to include speaker support, so you can now add sounds to your Wear appâ€.