Newsletter: Google Maps Provides Commute Updates & Android 8.0 Comes to Smartwatches

Newsletter: Google Maps Provides Commute Updates & Android 8.0 Comes to Smartwatches

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The chief of the gods is Crom. He dwells on a great mountain. What use to call on him? Little he cares if men live or die. Better to be silent than to call his attention to you; he will send you dooms, not fortune! He is grim and loveless, but at birth he breathes power to strive and slay into a man’s soul. What else shall men ask of the gods? …” ~ Robert E. Howard

GOOGLE MAPS WILL SOON NOTIFY WHEN TO DROP OFF TRAIN OR BUS

THE STORY

With the upcoming update, Google Maps will now give you real-time notifications while you are on a journey.

WHAT IS THE NEW UPDATE?

With the new update, Google will make travelling to unknown places easier than ever with live guidance and real-time alerts. You will get these updates while on the move. The updates will appear in Google Maps app and might also appear on Android lock screen.

In other words, Google Maps will remind you that you are at your destination and that you should get off the train or bus. This will really work when you are new to the town or too sleepy to stay attentive. A notification will pop-up on your Android lock screen. Moreover, it will show your journey steps.

The update will go live soon as Google might be getting it ready as it seems they have been testing the update outside the trusted tester community.

HOW TO USE IT?

To begin with, you can input your end point of the journey in Google Maps. It is all the same, up till here. With the new update, you will get to tap “Start” button located at the bottom of the screen with detailed description of your transit journey. You will get live updates as you walk or ride on buses and trains.

google maps

Google Maps has been a very good mate on a journey with detailed journey directions. It enables you to track your own process along with the route. With the update, you will get detailed notifications while using Maps for biking, driving and even walking.


LIST OF WATCHES WITH ANDROID 8.1

THE STORY

A beta version of Android 8.0 for Android Wear was launched followed by Android 8.1.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

Succeeding the Android Oreo launch, Google released Android Oreo for Android Wearables after the beta version of course. With the updates, you get conveniently great features. With Android 8.0, a notification channel support which gives more granular on-device control over the app alerts. It also doesn’t consume much of battery. A feature Battery saver can be turned on by toggling a switch Under Settings.  Moreover, you can now control the duration of vibration while giving alerts on your screen with Vibration Pattern feature.

android wear with 8.1

You can disable the feature tap to wake with “Touch lock”. With all this, Android Wear giving support to new languages of seven countries such as Belgium, Nigeria, El Salvador, Honduras, Czech Republic, Portugal and Paraguay.

So, with all the updates, your smartwatch will run a bit smoother and probably won’t make you run for your charger more often.

WHICH OF THEM MADE THE LIST?

The list doesn’t consist too many names. According to Google updates, the device which has updates available:

  • Fossil Q Venture
  • LG Watch Sport
  • Louis Vuitton Tambour
  • Michael Kors Sofie
  • Montblanc Summit

Well, that can’t be it. There are some other Android Wearables currently following the Android Wear Oreo(8.0):

  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan
  • Michael Kors Access Grayson
  • Misfit Vapor
  • Fossil Q Control
  • Fossil Q Explorist
  • Fossil Q Founder 2.0
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Gc Connect
  • Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
  • Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Diesel Full Guard
  • Emporio Armani Connected
  • Guess Connect
  • Huawei Watch 2
  • Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
  • LG Watch Style
  • Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E
  • Movado Connect
  • TAG Heuer Tag Connected Modular 45
  • Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
  • ZTE Quartz
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600

Although, some of the other popular brands like ASUS ZenWatch, some older LG and second gen Moto models are missing from the list.

Also Read: 5 Incredibly Strange Apps For Android

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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