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Android Wear 2.8 software update introducing an all-black theme, Android Auto display issues

Android Wear 2.8 software update introducing an all-black theme

Google has recently rolled an update for Android Wear devices as stated by a bunch of users in a thread posted on subreddit. Android Wear v2.8, the latest update appears to add nothing significant to the functionality but introduces an all-black theme.

The theme update is getting highly appraised by the users as it notably improved the notification glanceability with a new layout showing a more significant portion of the message at a glance. Along with that, the background is made darker for better readability of the texts. Users also noticed that the old grey background had been replaced with an all-black one in the quick settings panel, notifications, app list, and Google Assistant.

Since most Android Wear makers now adopting the AMOLED display for their devices, Google possibly used the all-black theme to aid in further improving the battery life of the devices. It can be possible as in AMOLED displays, the darker the colour of the image; lesser power will be consumed because such displays merely switch-off pixels to display black colours. Hence darker the image, fewer pixels will be used, and thus battery life will be enhanced.

It is also possible that the update to an all-black theme is exclusive for the AMOLED or P-OLED devices since only the Huawei Watch 2 has received it yet. To get the Android Wear 2.8 update on your device, check if there is an update notification in the Android Wear app on Google Play. Some lucky early birds have received it similarly, and the geeks are yet to determine a workaround for it.

On the other hand, Google is also in the news for an issue causing Android Auto systems to display pixelated and blocky visuals in cars. The screen looks similar to a corrupted or a severe case of JPEG file. But to our relief, Google has announced that it is working to rectify the issue as soon as possible.

The reports are not specific to any particular make/model of cars, and the devices affected include a range of Android OS versions from Nougat 7.1 to Oreo 8. The said issue renders the display similar to what experienced in high compression artefacts reminiscent of a low-bitrate video, causing pixelation and blurriness.

There are people already talking about the next addition to the Android version, and in 2018 we expect an Android ‘P’ launch as Android 9.0. Will it be called Android Pie, Android Pecan Pie or Android Pumpkin Pie is yet to be figured out as Google has made no announcements yet. The Android 9.0 is most likely to be announced in the Google I/O 2018, expected to take place in mid-May, potential dates being 16th to 18th May 2018. But there might just be an earlier insider release for Pixel devices, as Google did with the Oreo Update.

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