Google’s going back to the drawing board with Android Wear 2.0 and with that it’s focusing on bringing new features to its ecosystem. One of those is standalone apps that won’t require a companion app on the phone, which Google believes will help Android Wear developers reach audiences across both Android and iOS devices.
Since standalone apps don’t require a companion app on the phone, users can search, install, and use these apps without ever leaving the device to do so. In a new blog post on the Android Developer’s blog, Google has outlined three of the upcoming apps that will make use of Android Wear 2.0’s new standalone apps.
Users will be able to use Glide to live broadcast directly from the watch face. Foursquare’s upcoming app will give Android Wear users new rich notifications about the places they’re visiting, providing a more immersive experience when finding the best places to eat, drink, and explore. Finally, Lifesum is a lifestyle and fitness app that will help you make better food choices and improve your exercise routines. The Android Wear 2.0 version of the app will allow users to track their water and meals throughout the day.