If you have an Android Wear smartwatch or if you are a developer for these devices, there is some good news for you. The new Android version already arrived to some smartphones and another brands already promised to update their devices with Marshmallow. Now it’s time for wearable devices to be a part of this list.
For a while now, developers of Android Wear apps have had to cope with a handful of irritating details that made working in the environment less than awesome. However, Google has now updated the Android Wear SDK to include support for API 23, which is Android 6.0 Marshmallow functionality.
The API 23 allows developers to quickly distinguish between round and square Wear devices. This will solve the problem of developing apps for the several shappes of Android Wear devices. With this, apps intelligently choose from a set of images and layouts to more appropriately fit the screen.
The update also brings a new runtime permissions model which allows developers and users to take advantage of Marshmallow’s ability to discretely determine permissions for individual apps, including speakers for Wear devices. API 23 makes incorporating sounds into Wear apps as easy as doing so for smartphone apps.
Google has pushed out an official Wear emulator that will make Wear app development easier and quicker. The emulator runs both Lollipop and Marshmallow, so you can easily make sure your app runs well on several Wear devices on the market.