Now, watch faces will display notifications and information from any Android Wear app, much like Apple Watch s own watchface complications.

That certainly helps if you want a watch that s basically an at-a-glance notifications ticker on your arm.

That s why it s developing three new ways for messaging on Android Wear: smart replies, handwriting, and a swipe keyboard.

A 1.5-inch display is still far from any kind of display I d want to try to communicate on for than five seconds, but at least Google is experimenting.

On the fitness front, Android Wear 2.0 takes the personal coach approach.

Google-powered smartwatches will soon come armed with automatic activity recognition—a feature long present on Fitbit wearables—and will funnel health information with the Google Fit API.

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