Android Wear 2.0 to touch down early next month

Android Wear 2.0 to touch down early next month

Back in October, a tip from Evan Blass revealed that new Android Wear 2.0 smart watches would be released early in 2017. That led us to believe that the Android Wear 2.0 update would arrive at the same time. Now, there is a more precise time frame for the update than "early in 2017." An email sent to Android Wear app developers from Google calls for Android Wear 2.0 to launch early next month.  The email also mentions that developers will need to take action if they want their app to appear in the upcoming on-watch Play Store.

Developers receiving the notice are using a legacy based APK that does not support the next build of Android Wear. In the note, Google tells these developers that if they fail to make the required changes, their apps will not appear in the on-watch Play Store. In the email, Google tells developers exactly what they need to do to have their apps work with Android Wear 2.0.

If you own an Android Wear powered timepiece, you probably want to know whether your smartwatch will receive the update. There are currently 18 models on a list of smartwatches due to receive Android Wear 2.0. The list includes:

  • Huawei Watch
  • Huawei Watch for ladies
  • Moto 360 (2015)
  • Moto 360 Sport
  • LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
  • LG Watch Urbane
  • LG G Watch R
  • Polar M600
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Nixon Mission
  • Tag Heuer Connected
  • Asus ZenWatch 2
  • Asus ZenWatch 3
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Founder
  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan Smartwatch

If your watch is on this list, it should be updated to Android Wear 2.0 early next month.


With the update, users will be able to input letters using handwriting recognition, and play music without requiring the timepiece to get paired to a smartphone. New watchfaces will be offered with custom fields for information. Google Fit will be able to determine when you start running, and will turn on tracking features automatically. With the update will come the new on-watch Play Store.


source: AndroidPolice

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2 Comments

1. Remmy

Posts: 187; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

No mention of the SmartWatch 3? :(

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7032; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I know I still use and love that smart watch. It should have been on the list, especially since it has excellent battery life, and a quad core SD 400. I can understand the original Moto 360, Gear Live and LG G watch not being on the list. The original Moto 360 had a hobbled processor. The Gear Live wasn't much better, plus Samsung bowed out to work on their own Tizen OS. The LG G watch had no buttons and relied on double tap to wake. The Sony Smartwatch 3 had a button, and a fast processor. The only thing missing was a heart rate monitor. It even had the same kind of trans reflective display found on the Moto 360 sport. It's battery life was pretty good with its 420 mha battery. Although I find the the best battery life on any Android Wear device that I have tried is the Polar M600 with its 500 mha battery and the newer Wear 2100 processor. I guess another reason that it has really good battery life is the small 240x240 display. I can easily get 3 days out of it, with the always on screen mode turned off.

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