Android Wear 2.0: Google introduces new changes to counter Fitbit
With a cleaner and user-friendly navigation system and an on-watch Play Store for downloading apps, and watch home page which can be customised to include app shortcuts and widgets- including Google Fit statistics like steps and calorie count for one-glance use
Google's Android Wear 2.0 watch is the search engine's biggest shot yet at leaping to a fitness market world dominated by companies like Fitbit. The company has revamped smartwatch operating system which claims to have improved upon much of the problems that plagued Android Wear watches for the past two and a half years.
With a cleaner and user-friendly navigation system and an on-watch Play Store for downloading apps, and watch home page which can be customised to include app shortcuts and widgets- including Google Fit statistics like steps and calorie count for one-glance use. Shortcuts for starting Google Fit workouts are also easier.
The new updates come on existing phones over the next few weeks, along with newly updated apps, it is claimed that the fitness experience can compete with rival Fitbit.
The Android Wear watches always had some basic fitness-tracking features. It could track steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes. Google Fit can also automatically log workouts. We have seen the similar type of tracking in Fitbit and Samsung. The watches can trace when you are walking, running, biking and even doing aerobics. Your workouts will automatically be logged in the Google Fit app.
Automatic workout tracking is regarded as helpful, except the confusions sometimes. It lacked on-watch indicators which sometimes may frustrate the users. The lack of clarity about when an exactly an exercise is being recorded also creates problem and the users won't know until they open the Google Fit app on your phone. On Samsung Gear 3, the automatic recording is done more clearly and with better heads-up stats on recent accomplishments.
Android Wear 2.0 is expected to break all these flaws and comes with a new and improved Google Fit workout. You can view all your fitness data right on the watch with the updated app. Setting up a definite goal such as walking 10,000 steps or running three times a week can also be done.