For years they were a neglected minority under Wear OS: left-handed people. 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 use their Rotate user interface 180 degrees. Left-handers can therefore wear the watches “the wrong way round”, for example to Use existing keys more conveniently to be able to. 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 The innovation should only be available on “future new devices” be, it is said. 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 should not be interested in annoying left-handed owners of the Galaxy Watch 4 a few months after the start of sales.
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Wear-OS-App “Lefty” retrofits functionality
If you are left-handed and want to get by in the meantime, you can, for example, take a closer look at the Wear OS app “Lefty” (in the Google Play Store). The free application enables the user interface to be inverted and with it exactly the functionality that will find its way into Android smartwatches in the future.