The LG Watch Style has just started receiving Android Wear 8.0 Oreo. We have taken a closer look at all of the features that you should be receiving on your smartwatch too.
Before we start, if you own an LG Watch Style, go into the settings < About, and see if you have the latest Operating System installed – if not, you might want to install it.
Watch our short video Features Review!
Upon first inspection, everything seems to be the same. I personally have only received the update about an hour ago, so I can’t yet tell you if it’s stable. At first glance though, the watch seems to be slightly faster.
If you do not yet know what the main new features are, you can read more about it here.
The full list of smartwatches receiving Android 8.0 Oreo can also be found here, we’ll constantly be updating this list, so keep an eye on it.
As you can see on the images above, some icons have changed in the menu, such as the ‘Settings’. I am unsure if the changes brought font size and auto brightness features to the watch, but they are here to say the least. You can now easily change the height of the fonts and set the brightness to your preference.
Keep in mind that the ‘higher the brightness, the more battery the watch will consume’.
You can now also hide, show for 5 seconds or turn off notification previews.
You can also set the vibration pattern, so if you prefer a longer or a double vibration to notify you of incoming emails, notifications – that’s also present now.
The ‘Touch Lock’ feature is also here in Android Oreo, it will definitely be useful for some people – in my case it really isn’t, but it’s good to have it for times when it will be appropriate to use it.
We have taken another glance at the other options in the settings. There are a few minor changes and additions such as setting the “Do Not Disturb” function on – works the same way as on mobile devices.
You can see and set the permissions on per/app basis, change the notifications for individual applications and overall, do everything for an app that you can on a device running Android Oreo. The App Notifications setting is really useful to set what kind of notifications you want to receive from a certain application.
And finally, here’s the Software Version screen confirming the changes and the OS version number. As you can see, the LG Watch Style now runs Android 8.0 with a Security Patch level of “December 1, 2017”. It’s great to have a somewhat recent security patch, but I personally would have love to see a January patch. Overall, it’s still great and very recent so I can’t complain a lot.
As mentioned above, if you have the Watch Style, make sure to see if you have the update available – or it might already be installed on your device – it updated automatically for me without asking any questions. The performance seems to be great so far, though I personally haven’t used it for long enough to judge any improvements over Android 7.1.1.
Have you received the update yet – or are you still waiting? What smartwatch do you use on a daily basis? Let us know in the comments down below!