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