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Google is releasing two "flagship" Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches in early 2017

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Google is all set to release two Android Wear 2.0 "flagship" smartwatches sometime in the first quarter of 2017. The news, which confirms a rumor from October, comes from Jeff Chang, product manager of Android Wear at Google, who recently talked to The Verge. Reportedly, these will be the world's first smartwatches to be launched with Android Wear 2.0 on board.

According to The Verge, the two new watches will carry the brand of the company that's building them, in a partnership similar to the (now defunct) Google Nexus program. Jeff Chang said that this is a company that's made Android Wear smartwatches before, but he didn't provide specific details.

Looking at the list of current Android Wear vendors, the maker of the two upcoming watches could be any of the following companies: Asus, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Sony, Fossil, and even Tag Heuer (though we wouldn't bet on this last option). Although Samsung also released a couple of Android Wear watches (Galaxy Gear and Gear Live), the company's recent wearables are all based on Tizen, and we don't expect it to be involved here.

After Google releases these two mysterious smartwatches, Android Wear 2.0 updates will be rolled out to most of the current Android Wear watches. AW 2.0 will bring support for Google Assistant and Android Pay (availability depending on device), while also - finally - making watches work with iOS.

Besides Google's two Android Wear 2.0 products, other partners will announce smartwatches based on the new version of the platform. More official details should be unveiled at CES 2017 (January 5 - January 8).

P.S.: What you're seeing above is a generic Android Wear image that's not related to the two upcoming Google smartwatches. 

source: The Verge

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posted on 22 Dec 2016, 15:15 1

1. maherk (Posts: 4158; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


How about they release Android 2.0 to HW and Moto 360 2?

posted on 22 Dec 2016, 16:05 1

3. vincelongman (Posts: 4678; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


AW 2.0 is still in beta
It will probably be released next year at the same time at these new watches

posted on 22 Dec 2016, 16:51 1

5. maherk (Posts: 4158; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


There is no excuse for them to be this late, we were promised to get the update by October at max, now we dont knon when we are getting it. I would've understand it if it was one month late, but not 4+ months.

posted on 22 Dec 2016, 17:25 1

6. vincelongman (Posts: 4678; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I'm not excusing them
Just explaining why its not released yet

BTW its actually still on track to their timeline
https://developer.android.com/wear/preview/program.html

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 01:51 3

9. RoboticEngi (Posts: 842; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


Only reason for being delayed is that they want to release it with their own watches...They are getting more and more like apple....

posted on 24 Dec 2016, 03:28 1

10. joey_sfb (Posts: 6120; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


This I agree with RoboticEngi, Google is behaving like Apple on software exclusivity for their own hardware.

I hope they reverse course on this or they will lose the higher moral ground, not that there are much of it left.

posted on 22 Dec 2016, 15:54 1

2. abdoualgeria (Posts: 490; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


Android wear is trash compared to my beloved tizen ....

posted on 22 Dec 2016, 20:48 2

7. iushnt (Posts: 1843; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


What? You love Tizen doesn't mean anything else is trash. Common don't be a fanboy

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 01:14

8. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 276; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


That's opposite. Tizen main drawback is its echo system. beside Android Wear works with both iOS and Android. I own Gear S3 and I like I can call from my watch but notifications system is so weak.

posted on 22 Dec 2016, 16:25

4. DavMor0069 (Posts: 134; Member since: 09 Dec 2015)


Give us an intuitive form of navigation, no flat tire,black ui,amoled screen, reasonable sizes, and an optimized os.

Also go easy on the prize,not like the pixel

posted on 27 Dec 2016, 07:45

11. tokuzumi (Posts: 1015; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


These "smart" watches make me laugh. If ever there was a case for smaller phone screens, this is it. We spend top dollar to buy phones with huge screens, only to buy a screen we wear on our wrist, so we don't have to interact with our large screened device. The next progression of these wearables will be to increase the screen size, so you can do more from your wrist. Within a couple of years, we will have a 4" screen wrapped around our wrist, so we don't have to interact with the 7" phone in our pocket.

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