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Facebook Messenger adds support for Android Wear smartwatches

Embrace your inner David Hasselhoff
Thu Aug 07 2014, 10:57

Android Wear is a platform designed for smartwatchesSOCIAL NETWORK Facebook updated its Android app this week, adding support for smartwatches running Google's Android Wear software.

Facebook software engineer Ian Lake announced the news - rather bizarrely on Google+ - saying, "I've been a big fan of Android Wear since its announcement so one of the things I've done quite a bit of at Facebook is ensure that Android Wear is actively considered when adding new features and we take advantage of what features are provided."

The updated Facebook for Android 9.0 app allows Android smartwatch wearers to embrace their inner David Hasselhoff, having added support for users to voice reply to messages by barking at their wrists. The Android Wear app will also raise notifications on a smartwatche screen, from which a wearer can use to "like" or "reply" with a single tap.

"Really happy to be shipping Android Wear features and even more excited that some of my coworkers are also getting interested about Android Wear," Lake added.

The updated version of Facebook Messenger is available to download now from Google Play.

Facebook's addition of Android Wear support comes just days after rival app Whatsapp did exactly the same thing.

Whatsapp's app tailored for smartwatches allows users to view stacked notifications, reply to messages using voice and respond with a number of preloaded replies, including "yes", "lol", or "see you soon". This is also available to download now, but is available only at the Whatsapp website. µ


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