Android Wear disappears from the Google Store


And just like that, the future of Android Wear today seems far less certain than it did just yesterday.

Google's wearable platform has struggled to get traction, but there were still plenty of watch makers using it to make smartwatches, so it definitely comes as a surprise that the newly redesigned Google Store has everything but Android Wear in it.

Yes, that means that previously available smartwatches like the LG Watch are no longer available for purchase.

You now have 5 main sections in the Google Store:

  • Phones
  • Home & Entertainment
  • Laptops & Tablets
  • Virtual Reality
  • Accessories

We've looked in each one of these categories, but there is no Android Wear sub-section to be found anywhere. Does this mean the end of the road for Android Wear? And did it deserve such an abrupt end without even a word from Google about the situation? We've reached out to Google to find out and we'll update you as soon as we get a reply.

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16 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

heheheheheHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! - Samsung, probably

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7218; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is a lot Android Wear smart watches. However Google doesn't make them. That is up to OEMs to promote their unique take on what they have to offer for their smart watches. Look at Movado, Tag Heuer, Fossil, MontBlanc, Nixon, Michael Kors, Polar, Huawei, Casio, New Balance, LG, and many others, promote their own smart watches. Even though they are all using Android Wear. Android Wear also gives you the ecosystem as well.

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Oh I don't disagree. I'm just poking a bit of fun since Samsung moved from Android Wear to Tizen, and articles like this are predicting doom and gloom for the Android Wear platform.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

People from outside US: All we have are apps, games, movies, and newsstand. That's Google's weakness, limited global availability for their hardware.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Android Wear apps can be seen on the play store if you use Play Store version 3 or 5... I say this because yesterday, I erased updates of the Play store app on my Galaxy S4 on kitkat because it wasn't connecting to the Internet. The reset brought the play store app back to v3 or something, and believe me, I saw Android wear apps in a section of the Play Store home screen!

4. AronWunarso

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Yeah, I'm from Indonesia only have access to apps, games, movies, books, and newsstand. No music. Also, there's no such thing as "Android Watches".

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Me too, from Philippines here.

9. maherk

Posts: 6774; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Apple also have country restricted content. I was surprised to know that few apps that I use on my S8+ I won't be able to download on my iPad Pro because of the regional restriction found on the Apple Store. But my main issue was not being able to buy TV shows from iTunes, I can only buy movies and songs.

16. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Tell that to Apple. Their services are pretty much non existent outside the US.

5. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Android wear was a failure even at the beginning ...

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7218; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android Wear is far from a failure. There is a lot of OEMs using Android Wear today. Not to mention the app ecosystem is very large.

11. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I wonder if Pixel branded smartwatches are in the works. If they were, I'm sure they would have been shown yesterday though. Let's see what happens.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7218; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There isn't any. Android Wear is becoming how Android is with smartphones. It's up to the Android Wear OEMs to make, advertise, and sell their own smart watches. Naturally under the covers they are using Android Wear, but it isn't up to Google to sell their smart watches. Google's maintains and updates Android Wear, and maintains the play store with Android Wear apps, and services.

12. gamehead unregistered

I want google to make their own smartwatch. Oh well.

13. AlikR

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

can any if you actually read???? the article refers to the android wear hardware that google used to sell, not the operating system or applications. Google doesn't need to resell someone else's watches...

14. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Why would Google sell someone else's watch brands? Anyways, I still have not found a better watch than my Gear S2 Classic. The size and look are perfect to me. Looking forward to a smaller Gear S4.

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