Android Wear 2.0 gets pushed back to early 2017 but gains its own Play Store

Android Wear 2.0 gets pushed back to early 2017 but gains its own Play Store
Android Wear, one of the most feature-rich and compelling smartwatch platforms, has been in a bit of a slump lately. It's been a while since we've seen any new hardware from a major OEM, and earlier this month we caught wind of the fact that none of the platform's major hardware manufacturers would be releasing any new watches for the remainder of 2016. That certainly came as a bit of a bummer, and in regards to the software side of things, we've been patiently waiting for any updates on the status of Android Wear 2.0 - the biggest update to hit the wearable OS to date. We now have an official update form Google as to where Android Wear 2.0 is currently at, but it comes in the form of both good news and bad news.

The bad news? The full public release of Android Wear 2.0 has been pushed back to early 2017. The developer preview that's currently going on will continue throughout the rest of this year and into the early bits of 2017, and then the 2.0 version of the OS will be released to OEMs so that they can start updating current hardware and build new devices that will run the new software out of the box. The good news? As a result of this delay, Android Wear will be getting its very own version of the Play Store when it's updated to the 2.0 software version. It's officially being called Play Store for Android Wear, and it's essentially a version of the Google Play Store that not only runs on actual Android Wear watches, but only displays apps and watch faces for the watch and nothing else. And, as a result of Play Store for Android Wear, you will no longer be forced to download a watch's phone companion app in order to use the Android Wear version of the app. In fact, Google will now be allowing developers to create apps solely for Android Wear with no companion app required on users' phones at all.


Having the Google Play Store on your Android Wear watch might sound a bit peculiar at first, and Google is aware of that. In a response to this, they said the following -


Play Store for Android Wear will be available in the Developer Preview 3 for Android Wear 2.0 that's launching today, and in addition to that, the preview also comes equipped with improvements to complications with watch faces, inline actions when you receive a notification, Smart Replies (similar to what we've seen in Google Allo), and a Wearable Recycler View that aims to better display vertical lists and apps on round displays.

What are your thoughts on the Developer Preview 3 - specifically Play Store for Android Wear? Do you think the new features constitute a delay in when we'll be able to finally get our hands on Android Wear 2.0? Or do you not see a point in having a Play Store on your wrist?

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7 Comments

1. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

by then,tizen os would be everywhere

4. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Narh it's way too closed and unsupported by developers.

5. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

That is true, coming from someone with a Gear S2. Not enough apps, but I love the design of Tizen on the Gear S2

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Android Wear play store thing was known months ago. Plus it's needed especially for users with iOS devices, because they have no way to install the thousands of Android Wear apps. But with Android Wear 2.0 they will have full access to all the apps on their watch, even if it's paired to an iPhone.

2. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Wow... That's no small delay. Very disappointing for me because I was looking forward to a baked-in solution for word input, which comes with Android Wear 2.0. And I was hoping for an update that would squash the occasional bug that I encounter.

7. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

yeah me too

3. mudcat626

Posts: 230; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Tizen everywhere, that's funny!

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