Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2 now rolling out

Google officially released the first Developer Preview for Android Wear 2.0 during its Google I/O conference, and now a new version is rolling out.

The company has announced it is now pushing Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2, which brings with it plenty of new features for developers to test out. That includes accessing giving developers access to wrist gestures, which will allow users to scroll through their third-party apps with just a movement of their wrist, just like they currently do with notifications.

Here’s the full changelog:

    • Platform API 24 – We have incremented the Android Platform API version number to 24 to match Nougat. You can now update your Android Wear 2.0 Preview project’s compileSdkVersion to API 24, and we recommend that you also update targetSdkVersion to API 24.
    • Wearable Drawers Enhancements – We launched the wearable drawers as part of the Android Wear 2.0 Preview 1, along with UX guidelines on how to best integrate the navigation drawer and action drawer in your Android Wear app. In Preview 2, we have added additional support for wearable drawer peeking, to make it easier for users to access these drawers as they scroll. Other UI improvements include automatic peek view and navigation drawer closure and showing the first action in WearableActionDrawer’s peek view. For developers that want to make custom wearable drawers, we’ve added peek_view and drawer_content attributes to WearableDrawerView. And finally, navigation drawer contents can now be updated by calling notifyDataSetChanged.
    • Wrist Gestures – Since last year, users have been able to scroll through the notification stream via wrist gestures. We have now opened this system to developers to use within their applications. This helps improve single hand usage, for when your users need their other hand to hold onto their shopping or their kids.

The public launch of Android Wear 2.0 is planned to land this fall. However, if you’re someone who loves trying out prerelease software or you’re a developer, you can grab Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2 right here.

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