Google Briefly Details Android Wear 2.0's Standalone Apps

Android Wear 2.0 is not yet here in an official capacity but Google did just recently roll out the fourth developer preview of the software which includes some new tweaks and functionality that wasn't available prior to the rollout. Today, Google is briefly detailing a few of the upcoming standalone applications that users will be able to look forward to once Android Wear 2.0 hits devices, and this include three apps in total that they're showing off in a post on the Android Developers Blog.

The apps that Google is letting people catch a glimpse of are Foursquare, Lifesum, and Glide, all of which you can view a screenshot of below. It's important to keep in mind that these are just mockups that Google has likely used the Device Art Generator to create, so the final visual of what these apps look like on the watch with the new software will probably looked a little more polished. That said, Google doesn't just showcase a little preview of what the app looks like when loaded onto a device, they also give a brief description of the apps in question so users have an idea of how they'll work and what some of the features will be.

First, there's Glide, which is a video calling application. The new standalone app for Android Wear 2.0 will let users broadcast from the watch display so they can have a conversation face to face with friends and loved ones without having to pull their smartphone out of their pockets. In addition to Glide, Foursquare for Android Wear 2.0 will let users access a new set of rich notifications, so when they're trying to discover a new place to check out no matter where they are, they can do so from the wrist easily and quickly. Lastly, with Lifesum, users with an Android Wear device running on Android Wear 2.0 can grab hold of their eating habits and make smarter food choices, all in a bid to improve health and have a healthier lifestyle. The app will basically allow users to track their water intake as well as meals from the watch app, which may not seem all that innovative if that can already be done from the smartphone app, but it's the essence of convenience that will likely make it appealing.

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