The LG Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is coming very soon, with pre-orders already opened at AT&T and Verizon (AT&T actually launches today). One of the features with the LG Urbane 2nd Edition LTE was cellular connectivity, which Google detailed yesterday. Another was the speaker included in the watch. Now for a while, speakers weren’t used in Android Wear smartwatches. So while you could give voice commands to your smartwatch, it couldn’t read messages, notifications and other things back to you. But that all changes now with Audio Feedback.
Google has just published a new support document regarding Audio Feedback. According to Google’s Support page, Audio Feedback “reads the time, and notification cards, including the actions you can perform on them.” This means that you’ll be able to read a message and reply to that message all without touching your smartwatch. Making it pretty simple, and easy especially when you have your hands full with groceries or maybe boxes. Google also notes that Audio Feedback only works on devices with a built-in speaker, which they claim is only the LG Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.
In the support page, Google also goes through turning on Audio Feedback, which is located in Settings > Accessibility. You can also control the volume for Audio Feedback, Google also notes that unless there’s a Bluetooth headset connected, the feedback will play through the speaker on the watch, which in this case, it’s still only for the LG Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. Your watch will read you the time whenever you wake it up. So if you lift up your wrist, and it wakes up (as it should), it will then read you the time.
Audio Feedback should make using Android Wear even easier, especially when you don’t have a free hand to scroll through the notifications on the watch or even wake it up with the power button. Along with the flick gesture to scroll through the Android Wear OS, this should make things more accessible. Google Play Music had reportedly added support for the speakers on Android Wear smartwatches, so you’ll likely be able to play music through the speaker as well.