Android Wear beta based on Android Oreo announced; currently only available on LG Watch Sport

Google in a blogpost has launched the beta program of Android Wear which will be based on the latest Android Oreo 8.0 operating system. However, for those interested in testing it must have LG Watch Sport smartwatch, as the update is available only on this smartwatch.

LG Watch Sport. Amazon.

LG Watch Sport. Amazon.

The Android developer's blog said that the beta program of the latest Android Wear includes an app notification channel, where the users can choose the app they want to block or mute. Thus, giving the user more access to control over the notifications they want to see. Moreover, the apps are customisable since they are locally present in the wearable.

However, the update comes with its own restrictions. These restrictions include updating the location whose frequency might be reduced.

For apps and processes that run in the background, Google has advised the users to make their notifications visible. Not doing so may end their run. Thus, this can also save the battery life of the smartwatch.

"Battery-saving best practices such as using JobScheduler should be adopted to ensure your app is battery-efficient and able to perform background tasks when possible," said the Android Wear blog.


Meanwhile, earlier in June luxury brand Emporio Armani had introduced its range of Android smartwatch. Dubbed EA connected smartwatch, it was manufactured in partnership with the Fossil Group with a touchscreen. It is powered by Android Wear and is compatible with both Android and iOS. The range is technologically more equipped than its Hybrid smartwatch collection. The watch features customizable watch straps as well as watch faces and it comes with tracking activity.

Published Date: Oct 03, 2017 11:45 AM | Updated Date: Oct 03, 2017 11:46 AM