Google is releasing two "flagship" Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches in early 2017

Google is releasing two
Google is all set to release two Android Wear 2.0 "flagship" smartwatches sometime in the first quarter of 2017. The news, which confirms a rumor from October, comes from Jeff Chang, product manager of Android Wear at Google, who recently talked to The Verge. Reportedly, these will be the world's first smartwatches to be launched with Android Wear 2.0 on board.

According to The Verge, the two new watches will carry the brand of the company that's building them, in a partnership similar to the (now defunct) Google Nexus program. Jeff Chang said that this is a company that's made Android Wear smartwatches before, but he didn't provide specific details.

Looking at the list of current Android Wear vendors, the maker of the two upcoming watches could be any of the following companies: Asus, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Sony, Fossil, and even Tag Heuer (though we wouldn't bet on this last option). Although Samsung also released a couple of Android Wear watches (Galaxy Gear and Gear Live), the company's recent wearables are all based on Tizen, and we don't expect it to be involved here.

After Google releases these two mysterious smartwatches, Android Wear 2.0 updates will be rolled out to most of the current Android Wear watches. AW 2.0 will bring support for Google Assistant and Android Pay (availability depending on device), while also - finally - making watches work with iOS.

Besides Google's two Android Wear 2.0 products, other partners will announce smartwatches based on the new version of the platform. More official details should be unveiled at CES 2017 (January 5 - January 8).

P.S.: What you're seeing above is a generic Android Wear image that's not related to the two upcoming Google smartwatches. 

source: The Verge

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11 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 7028; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

How about they release Android 2.0 to HW and Moto 360 2?

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5759; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

AW 2.0 is still in beta It will probably be released next year at the same time at these new watches

5. maherk

Posts: 7028; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

There is no excuse for them to be this late, we were promised to get the update by October at max, now we dont knon when we are getting it. I would've understand it if it was one month late, but not 4+ months.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5759; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm not excusing them Just explaining why its not released yet BTW its actually still on track to their timelinehttps://developer.android.com/wear/preview/program.html

9. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Only reason for being delayed is that they want to release it with their own watches...They are getting more and more like apple....

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

This I agree with RoboticEngi, Google is behaving like Apple on software exclusivity for their own hardware. I hope they reverse course on this or they will lose the higher moral ground, not that there are much of it left.

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Android wear is trash compared to my beloved tizen ....

7. iushnt

Posts: 3160; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

What? You love Tizen doesn't mean anything else is trash. Common don't be a fanboy

8. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

That's opposite. Tizen main drawback is its echo system. beside Android Wear works with both iOS and Android. I own Gear S3 and I like I can call from my watch but notifications system is so weak.

4. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Give us an intuitive form of navigation, no flat tire,black ui,amoled screen, reasonable sizes, and an optimized os. Also go easy on the prize,not like the pixel

11. tokuzumi

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

These "smart" watches make me laugh. If ever there was a case for smaller phone screens, this is it. We spend top dollar to buy phones with huge screens, only to buy a screen we wear on our wrist, so we don't have to interact with our large screened device. The next progression of these wearables will be to increase the screen size, so you can do more from your wrist. Within a couple of years, we will have a 4" screen wrapped around our wrist, so we don't have to interact with the 7" phone in our pocket.

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