Android Wear owners can soon talk to their friends as if they were a Power Ranger talking to Alpha Five. An update to Google's operating system for wearables slated to roll out over the next few weeks will enable calling from your wrist as well as voice messaging with more apps and new navigation gestures.
The wrist-calling feature is only available on watches with built-in speakers, such as the existing Huawei Watch and the Asus ZenWatch 2 (49mm), as well as the upcoming Casio Smart Outdoor Watch and the Huawei Watch for Ladies.
I already checked out the calling feature on the new Huawei Watch Jewel and Elegant at CES. I could hear the other caller via the watch's speakers despite the noisy convention center around me, though the sound was a little distorted. You can make a call by swiping all the way to the right to get to the Contacts page, then selecting the person you want to call.
The new Android Wear with speaker support can also read out your messages to you so you won't have to be distracted looking at your screen while driving.
In addition, Google expanded the voice messaging capability, which previously only allowed you to dictate messages via Hangouts or Gmail. With the new update, you'll be able to use voice control with WhatsApp, WeChat, Telegram, Viber and Nextplus as well as Hangouts. You can also use Ok Google voice commands to send these messages, so you won't have to first swipe to a message input page.
Google also added three new gesture controls to Android Wear. You can expand cards with a push of your arm, bring up apps by lifting your arm or return to the home watch face with a shake.