Google-powered smartwatch contains a secret drum machine

The chances are that you didn’t purchase your smartwatch to make music on it… let’s be honest, who would?! However, it turns out that the high tech timepieces that run the company’s Wear OS contain a hidden drum machine.

9to5Google reports that this can be activated by going to the Flashlight app, then using a double-tap and hold gesture. A flash of colours should then appear – though it seems that this doesn’t work every time – followed by the drum machine.

This comprises a 4×4 grid of circles that can be used to sequence your beats. Different colours represent different sounds: blue is a kick drum, teal is a snare, purple is a cowbell and red is a hi-hat.

It’s hardly Ableton let’s face it, and your watch will need to have a built-in speaker or be connected to Bluetooth headphones in order to hear anything, but it certainly looks like you could burn a few hours messing around with it.


Ian French
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Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.