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Google rolls out Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2 with wrist gestures

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The tech giant Google rolled out its second developer preview of Android Wear 2.0, which company claims that it comes with bug fixes and greater functionalities. The Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview has made its debut in Google I/O 2016.

For those who don’t know, a developer preview allows developers to have early access to the upcoming major release of the Operating Systems. Generally, third party app makers use the developer preview to build a new version of their app which will support and launch along with the next major release of Android.

Apart from the option of standalone apps, input methods, a new notification design, and an API for “complications” which was introduced in first version, the Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2 comes features with wrist gesture support which will extend the functionality of third party apps.

The wrist gestures is available to users scince last year as they were able to scroll among notification stream using such gestures. It was, however, not open for developers to use in their third party apps.

Google said, “Since I/O, feedback from the developer community has helped us identify bugs and shape our product direction. Today (Tuesday), we are releasing the second developer preview with new functionalities and bug fixes. Prior to the consumer release, we plan to release additional updates, so please send us your feedback early and often.” The company furhter added that the latest preview also comes with an updated SDK with tools and system images, moreover, developers can test their project on the LG Watch Urbane Edition LTE and the Huawei Watch.

The search engine giant believes that opening the wrist gesture to developers will help apps improve single hand usage. While, it clearly noted that the Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2 is a ‘work in progress’, and is not yet intended for daily use.

The Android Platform API version number has also been bumped by the second developer version to match Nougat. It is also featured with additional support for wearable drawer peeking, which makes it easier for users to access the drawers while scrolling. In addition, it includes automatic peek view and navigation drawer closure, in terms of UI improvements.

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