Android smartwatches have got the hang of it: we ve been waiting for this feature for years

Android smartwatches have got the hang of it: we ve been waiting for this feature for years

For years they were a neglected minority under Wear OS: left-handers. In the future, however, Android smartwatches should adapt to the user - and no longer the other way around. But there is one limitation.

Whether computer mouse, scissors or notepad: our world is right-handed through and through. The number of left-handers in Germany is estimated to be between 10 and 15 percent. Millions of people who live with small and large disadvantages in everyday life. The world of Android smartwatches has so far hardly paid any attention to the neglected minority. But that should change in the future.

Android smartwatches allow the user interface to be rotated 180 degrees

They should soon be able to rotate their user interface by 180 degrees . Left-handers can therefore wear the watches "the wrong way round", for example to be able to use existing buttons more comfortably . So far this is not possible. Google took around four years to implement this function. The first entry in the Google forum is dated April 2018, the corresponding thread has now been marked as "fixed" (closed).

Small downer: the innovation should only be available on "future new devices" , they say. The fix does not reveal what that means in concrete terms. Owners of older Android smartwatches could end up with nothing. It is not known whether this also includes buyers of the Galaxy Watch 4, to date the only smartwatch with Wear OS 3. However, Google and Samsung shouldn't be interested in annoying left-handed owners of the Galaxy Watch 4 a few months after the start of sales.

Samsung's latest smartwatches in the video:

Wear OS app "Lefty" retrofits functionality

If you are left-handed and want to get by in the meantime, you can take a closer look at the Wear OS "Lefty" app (see the Google Play Store). The free application enables the user interface to be inverted and thus precisely the functionality that will find its way into Android smartwatches in the future.


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