The Android Wear companion app on Android has been a bit of an eyesore since the platform launched last summer. It looked like something born of a torrid love affair between Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich and was lacking in options. A new leak from Phandroid shows off the updated Wear app with a new design and features, and it looks much improved.

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First things first—the new version of Android Wear is going to support taking screenshots of an attached Wear device, which is going to make my life so much easier. The overflow menu now contains options to disconnect (moved from action bar), forget a device, screenshots, and capture bug reports. The app itself is also themed in a more Lollipop way with a white UI. Hopefully it will also bring a fix for the Wear notification bugs on Android 5.0.

The updated Wear app requires a new version of Google Play Services—6.5.75. That's a big jump from the 6.1 branch we've been on for a while. Neither the app nor Play Services is available for download yet, but hopefully it won't be long.

[Phandroid]