Texting from Android Wear devices is still somewhat limited, and on that note, even replying to anything in general using your Android Wear devices is still a little more limited than one might hope. Although messaging apps seem to be updating them more quickly than before. If you find yourself keeping in touch with friends and family members through SMS and messaging applications more often than anything else and you own an Android Wear smartwatch, it’s only natural that you should want to see your favorite messaging app support the hands free voice enabled capabilities that your brand new smartwatch has to offer.
Hangouts has allowed SMS integration from your mobile carrier for a while now, and they have supported replies via Android Wear since the first two watches hit the scene. If you’re like me, you have probably ditched using the stock messaging application ages ago and are using a third party application. There are lots to choose from, and one that has some pretty compelling features is an app called Textra SMS. Forget that you’ll end up getting more options with Textra than with the standard SMS app that came on you phone by default, Textra just recently went through some updates and has added in not one, but two really awesome changes that are setting it up for the future.
The first is the new Material Design like styling that comes from the next version of Android which many people are already experiencing through the Android Developer preview. This is one really good reason to at least check out Textra, as it offers a UI that is based off of the design guidelines from the next version of the OS, the second and probably the better option of the two, or at least more convenient, is the fact that with the latest update Textra now supports Android Wear devices. It isn’t the first messaging app to add Android Wear support for quick replies, but adding the feature on top of the Material Design style UI just somehow seems to elevate it a little more. Textra is free, and it offers no in-app purchases, and it looks beautiful and seems to function very nicely judging by the positive reviews. You can grab Textra from the Play Store if you want to give it a shot.