Wear-OS becomes left-handed friendly with a big but
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Wear-OS becomes left-handed friendly with a big but

Stephanie Tresch
Zurich, on 13.01.2022

Google will soon get the ability to rotate the Wear OS screen 180 degrees to make it left-handed friendly. But the accessibility feature may not be available on all Wear OS smartwatches.

Google's Wear OS is becoming left-handed friendly. That is according to a thread in Google's support forum. However, the whole thing comes with a catch, as a Google developer replied that the feature will be implemented and available for future devices. He left it open whether this will affect all devices.

The choice of wrist is important: button operation is more difficult and fitness tracking algorithms can be negatively affected if you wear the watch on your right wrist rather than your left. So at the application level, left-handed support is much more complex than just "watch face flips." Apple has offered left-handed users this option for years. Left-handed Wear OS users have to resort to the Lefty app. Lefty only flips the watchface. The sensors remain exactly the same inaccurate.

It is not known which smartwatches will get the left-handed update and which will not.

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Stephanie Tresch
Stephanie Tresch

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