Today Google revealed some new features that will be coming the Android-based smartwatches.
Called Android Wear 2.0, the new version of the smartwatch OS was released in a developer preview today, allowing developers to check out some of the new features, before it is officially released to the public.
One of the most important new features is the addition of the Google Play Store on Android Wear, allowing you to browse and download apps, without the need for a smartphone connection.
Google explained more about it with the following:
With Play Store for Android Wear, users can browse recommended apps in the home view and search for apps using voice, keyboard, handwriting, and recommended queries, so they can find apps more easily. Users can switch between multiple accounts, be part of alpha and beta tests, and update or uninstall apps in the “My apps” view on their watch, so they can manage apps more easily. Perhaps the coolest feature: If users want an app on their watch but not on their phone, they can install only the watch app. In fact, in Android Wear 2.0, phone apps are no longer necessary. You can now build and publish watch-only apps for users to discover on Google Play.
We asked developers like you what you wanted most out of Android Wear, and you told us you wanted to make it easier for users to discover apps. So we ran studies with users to find out where they expected and wanted to discover apps––and they repeatedly looked for and asked for a way to discover apps right on the watch itself. Along with improvements to app discovery on the phone and web, the Play Store on the watch helps users find apps right where they need them.
You can read more about all of the new features at the source link below.