So, Marshmallow for Android Wear was announced on February 4th. One day later I received my ZenWatch 2. I’ve been looking forward to this update for over a month and my patience was rewarded right before I headed to bed last night. Why all this exuberance over a software update? Well, I’m glad you asked. No, it isn’t the new gestures that excites me (although, it does looks like I’m swatting at gnats whenever I interact with my watch). It’s the speaker activation! That’s right! Speaker activation!
As of this writing, the Huawei Watch and ASUS ZenWatch 2 (the larger model) are the only watches with a speaker. The activation of the speaker means audio feedback from the watch. It also means that I can use my watch like Dick Tracy! Yep, this tech writer is excited because he gets to talk to his wrist.
To turn this feature on, you will need to go to the NEW phone app on your watch and turn on Play phone audio on watch and make sure your watch is connected to your phone via Bluetooth and you’re set.
I’ve already made several test calls. The calls are loud and clear over the watch’s speaker. Everyone I’ve spoken with has commented how clear the call sounded and they didn’t know that there was anything different about the call until I told them that I was talking to them on my watch. My mother even said that I sounded clearer on the watch than I do when talking on the phone.
If Marshmallow hasn’t appeared on your watch yet, be patient, it should hit within the next 24-48 hours. Your watch will not update unless it is on the charger, so pop it on the charger for some Marshmallow sweetness!
Hopefully, I won’t be the only one talking to my wrist.