Android Wear 2.0 starts rolling out... to three of the least popular smartwatches out there


After months of waiting, Android Wear 2.0, the biggest update to Google's wearable platform, has finally started rolling out... to threee of the least popular smartwatches out there.

Google is pushing the Android Wear 2.0 update to the gigantic, 46mm Fossil Q Founder, the rugged Casio Smart Outdoor Watch and the ridiculously expensive, $2,000+ luxury Tag Heuer Connected. Yep, no mention of the more popular Huawei Watch or LG Watch Urbane.


The update is rolling out today and is set to roll out to all the three supported smartwatches by April 4th.

The list of devices that are waiting for the update remains huge:

  • ASUS ZenWatch 2
  • ASUS ZenWatch 3
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Casio PRO TREK Smart
  • Fossil Q Founder
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Huawei Watch
  • LG G Watch R
  • LG Watch Urbane
  • LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
  • Michael Kors Access Smartwatches (Dylan and Bradshaw)
  • Moto 360 2nd Gen
  • Moto 360 for Women
  • Moto 360 Sport
  • New Balance RunIQ
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600
  • Tag Heuer Connected

We don't know the Android Wear 2.0 update roll out times for these devices, but we can hope they will be sooner than later.

Android Wear 2.0 brings improvements to three key areas of your smartwatch: the watchface, messaging and fitness. The changes to the way watchfaces works: now, any watchface can show data from any app, so you can mix and match styles with the information you need. With Wear 2.0, you can also type on your watch with handwriting recognition and finally, Wear 2.0 devices will now feature Google Fit automatic activity recognition, so apps like Strava can start tracking your run as soon as you start running, without requiring you to manually turn the tracking on.


source: Google

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7 Comments

1. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

#AndroidProblems

2. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

If the Huawei watch had built in GPS I would be all over this stylish piece. The newer version of smart watches do nothing for me. The gear S3 would be perfect if it had Android 2.0 for fitness tracking. The gear S3 newer update just might provide this, and would then be worthy of a try, but I have heard of issues with spotty heart rate monitoring.

5. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Just make sure it is TIGHT, then there's no probkem.

3. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Happy that my TAG Heuer is getting the update first, but... 1) it's true that one would expect more popular models to get it first and 2) it's still a lot later than I expected. For an update that doesn't involve much tinkering by the OEMs, I was expecting it at latest by the end of February. Also how is it possible that the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition and the Huawei Watch, that were the only watches eligible for Wear 2.0 preview, haven't gotten the update yet?

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I noticed all 3 of those don't have Qualcomm SoCs I wonder if Qualcomm is to blame

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Why are the three watches mentioned in the article as getting the update on your list of watches that are waiting for the update?

6. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Sorry, wear 2 isn't good enough compared to tizen. Only thing good about wear is the apps, and most users don't use many apps besides those installed.....

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