Announced in a blog post, Google notes that Android Wear 2.8 will include "improved notification glanceability with a new layout which shows more of your messages at a glance". But now, they can be added through a simple app update as proved by this new app update which is being now rolled out.
Android Wear 2.0 marked the introduction to updating Android Wear-powered smartwatches via the companion app available on the Google Play Store. Another new addition is the dark background to make use of the OLED displays on the smartwatches to save power as well as improve readability.
Users observed that the Android Wear version 2.8 update has made the smartwatch's background darker to improve readability. This means that you will see app drawer, settings and other pages in black background now.
What is fascinating is that the color adjustment tweak seems to work only on specific types of display. If so, it would mean that the grey background now found across all Wear devices will soon turn black. However, another set of users claim that the Misfit Vapor, which sports the aforementioned screen tech did not get the color adjustment. Brands are still introducing new models.
If you're the owner of an Android Wear smartwatch and have trouble reading your notifications, a new update coming to the platform could be the answer to your woes. The process appears to be in line with how Google indicated the new firmware will handle changes. In version 2.8 of the app, the background has been made to be almost black, if not really black, to remedy that. In the meantime, the software of the smartwatch has gone up to 126.96.36.199612071. That said, the update is rolling out in waves and Google has not mentioned which smartwatches will get it and which ones won't.