Android Wear's new feature borrows from Apple Watch, but it lacks heart

LG G Watch face
LG G Watch face

Android Wear is getting a major update in the coming weeks which will include its first watch-to-watch communication service, as well as the ability to tap to interact with watch faces.

According to information gained by Phandroid, the update was ready to be revealed on July 28 but that has now been pushed back until some point in August. Luckily the site has revealed all the features included.

The new communication feature is called Together and works in a similar way to the Apple Watch's drawing function, and will allow you to send messages, emojis, photos, stickers and doodles to your friends.

A step closer

The code suggests it'll only work on one watch face meaning you and your friend will both need that same design in order to receive messages, however it's possible Google has changed this since the information was nabbed.

Google is also introducing a new gesture to Android Wear: the single tap.

At the moment Google lets you swipe up for notifications, swipe down for quick settings, long press to open the watch face selector and swipe left to open the launcher.

The single tap feature will be customisable with four different options. One will be a tap to cycle through details such as the weather whilst another will reveal information directly from the watch such as fitness details.

Android Wear update

Android Wear update

There's also the option to introduce visual changes such as changing colour, or it can be used to open up a new activity - but it seems the activity will be specific to the individual watch face.

Android Wear update

Android Wear update

The leak also suggests the LG G Watch R is soon to have its Wi-Fi capabilities turned on for the first time. We knew it was coming after a statement from LG but it's been a long wait to get it.

As for the official news of the update we'll have to wait until at least August, but hopefully once it's announced it won't be a long wait.

James Peckham

James is the Editor-in-Chief at Android Police. Previously, he was Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He once fell over.