BeeLink makes Android Wear usable across multiple devices

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The nice thing about Android Wear is that it works well out of the box, letting you interact with notifications and control your phone with voice commands after a breezy setup process.

But things stop going so smoothly when you want to connect more than one device, such as a phone and a tablet, or your work and personal phones. Switching to that second device requires a factory reset on the watch—otherwise there’s no way to make the watch discoverable to new devices via Bluetooth.

Fortunately, a new app called Android Wear BeeLink fixes this problem by making your watch visible to other Bluetooth devices.

To set it up, install the Android Wear BeeLink app—not to be confused with another app simply called BeeLink—on your phone or tablet. Go to Bluetooth settings, and tap on the device name near the top. You should see a message saying that other Bluetooth devices can find your phone or tablet.

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Next, launch the BeeLink app on your smartwatch by opening the voice command prompt, scrolling to the bottom and selecting Start > BeeLink. Hit the “Pair” button for the device you want to connect, and follow the prompts on both the watch and your phone or tablet.

In my testing, I still could only connect one device at a time, and if they were in close proximity, I had to manually disconnect one device in the Android Wear app before connecting the other device. BeeLink is still a useful tool for setting up more than one phone or tablet, but it’d be even better if it allowed two devices to feed in their notifications simultaneously. Perhaps this is something Google itself can allow for in a future version of Android Wear.

[via Android Police]

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