Google shutting down Together feature in Android Wear

Yolanda Curtis
August 8, 2016

Android Police noted that another reason why Google is shutting down Together at the end of September is to avoid redundancy with Android Wear 2.0.

The new version of Android Wear will allow us to communicate better and also having more fun while using the standalone applications. "In addition to emoji, you'll be able to use Smart Reply, keyboard, or handwriting on the watch screen", reads Google's announcement.

Google also teased what the Together feature could do with Android Wear 2.0. So far, Android Wear 2.0 is scheduled for a fall release, but Google hasn't been more specific about the update's release schedule.

To make matters worse, owners of Android Wear watches that aren't compatible with 2.0 such as the first-generation Moto 360 probably won't be able to use Together anymore beyond September 30 too.

If you have not used Together by now, here is a few things you should know.

Google embedded a notification to the recently launched update explaining why it made a decision to shut down the watch face feature that enabled Android Wear users to exchange emojis, sketches, doodles and photos with each other just like in a messaging app, as per 9to5Google. Two people could use Together to share various things across their smartphones or tablets.

However, if you own a watch that won't be seeing the update to Android Wear 2.0, you are probably out of luck.

"You'll also be able to customize a number of different watch faces with useful data from your favorite apps". Moreover, switching will be easier, just by doing a simple gesture. Of course, you will get an alerting message, but that's it. Users will be able to press one side button and access voice search. You see, with the launch of Android Wear 2.0, numerous aforementioned features, such as the sharing of finger-drawn sketches, are built directly into the system. That means they're basically going to miss out on the replacement features and lose the current ones too, but there's a small possibility that Google has something up its sleeve for them, or else there might be heck to pay.

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