Asus has started rolling out the latest Android Wear 1.4 update which is based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for Asus ZenWatch 2. It is the second instalment in the ZenWatch series and the user interface is similar to other Android Wear smartwatches.
Although no official announcement has been made by the company as yet, many users on the Android Central forum have claimed to have received the Marshmallow update automatically. The latest Android Wear update in addition to the new operating system also enables the built-in speaker that allows you to make voice calls. This feature is currently available only in select smart watches with built-in speaker support like the Huawei Watch, which is being seeded the latest update since last week.
On 4 February, Google had announced a number of features to be incorporated in Android Wear-powered smartwatches when it released the update, these include:
- Navigate your watch with new gestures. Scrolling up and down your card stream is as simple as flicking your wrist. Starting today [4 February] you can also expand a card, bring up your apps, or return home to your watch face with a push, lift or shake. You'll be able to stay connected to what's important, while keeping your phone (or other hand) in your pocket.
- Send more messages with just your voice. With Android Wear, you've always been able to get answers to spoken questions. Now you can also use your voice to send messages from apps like Google Hangouts, Nextplus, Telegram, Viber, WeChat, and WhatsApp. Running late for lunch? Just say "OK Google, Send a WhatsApp message to Nathan: I'll be right there."
- Make calls and listen to messages with speaker support. Screening calls from your wrist is a nice convenience that comes with Android Wear. Thanks to speaker support, you can now make and take calls over Bluetooth. And you can listen to audio/video messages with apps like Glide.