[Android 4.4W.2 FeatureSpotlight] You Can NowSwipe Down To GetNotifications Off TheWatchface And Save ThemFor Later

Android 4.4W.2 is slowly rolling out to various
Wear devices this week, and my G Watch R
review unit just received it earlier this
afternoon. A couple of commenters have
pointed out a new feature in W2 that we hadn’t
yet noticed – you can now hide notifications, as
opposed to dismissing them, directly from the
Previously, to get your watchface clean you
had to swipe away a notification and dismiss it
completely, otherwise it would linger as text in
always-on / ambient mode, and be a half-
showing transparent white card when the
watchface was active. This is understandably
annoying / OCD-aggravating. I don’t want to
dismiss all of the notifications on my watch – I’d
just prefer they not be on the watchface all the
time, so I can look at the pretty watch and
know that my Google Now cards and other
business are lingering happily below, out of
sight. You can also swipe up to bring the
notification back (half-showing as in the GIF
here, and then again to make it fully extended).
A small but important feature, I’d say.
Thanks to everyone who pointed this out!


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