Never be short of a taxi again with the Android Wear 2.0 Uber app
Catching a cab is now easier than ever thanks to the release of the new Uber app for Android Wear 2.0 wearables.
The popular taxi hailing service has released a new version of its Uber mobile app especially designed for users with one of Google’s newest smartwatches.
The Uber app for Android Wear 2.0 is available to download now from the Play Store, but what exactly do you need to get it?
The new Uber app can track your ride's progress from start to finish
As mentioned, you can head to the Google Play Store to download the Uber app for Android Wear 2.0.
Once synced to your existing Uber account, you’ll be able to summon a taxi to your location with just a few taps.
You can also check your driver’s progress, see details on their car type and registration, and get an estimate of how long your journey will take – all on your watch.
Best of all, the app is able to work entirely on its own through the smartwatch, meaning there’s no need to worry about having the Uber app installed on your phone.
This will also apply if your paired Android or iOS smartphone is in an area with poor or no signal, or has no battery life.
The new app is specially designed for Android Wear 2.0, meaning only selected smartwatches and devices will be able to use it for now.
This includes the new LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, the first devices to run Android Wear 2.0 out of the box, but also a number of existing other watches.
The full list of compatible devices includes Moto 360 2nd generation, LG Watch Urbane Huawei Watch, ASUS ZenWatch 2 & 3, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, Casio PRO TREK Smart, Fossil Q Founder, Fossil Q Marshal, Fossil Q Wander, LG G Watch R, Michael Kors Access Smartwatches, New Balance RunIQ, Nixon Mission, Polar M600 and TAG Heuer Connected.
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If you want to update your device to Android Wear 2.0, you may have to wait a few days, as Google is rolling out the release now.
When it is available, you’ll get a notification to upgrade, or can manually update through the Settings menu of your device.
Google is making Android Wear 2.0 available to a wide range of devices
Android Wear 2.0 looks to be definitely worth the wait, however, as the update brings a number of new features and improvements.
This includes Google’s new voice-activated smart assistant. Previously only available in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, the Google Assistant is a hands-free way to get all the information you need, direct to your wrist.
Ask the Google Assistant a question and it will respond – whether that’s asking about the weather, how best to get to work, or even making a restaurant reservation.
All you need to do is hold down the power button on your watch, or say “OK Google”, and the Assistant will spring to life.
Another function that the Google Assistant can bring is a quicker way to write or respond to messages via dictation.
In fact, sending a text or instant message is easier than ever with Android Wear 2.0, as users can tap on a notification to respond via typing, dictation or for the first time, drawing with their finger.
Apps including Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts and WhatsApp are all included, and will also be covered by Android Wear 2.0’s new Smart Reply feature, which learns from your typing habits to provide quick suggestions for your next words.
Google unveiled the launch of Android Wear 2.0 earlier this month
Android Wear 2.0 also brings more customisation options than ever before.
Users will be able to personalise their first choice watch face to always display information and notifications from their favourite apps.
This means you can get updates on your calendar meetings, fitness information or message alerts with just a look.
Up to eight different watch faces can be customised in this way, meaning you’re never too far from the updates you need.