Google releases final Android Wear 2.0 developer preview, here is what's new

Google has just announced the final Android Wear 2.0 beta build before the final version is now available for download to everyone who wants to test it. It brings a couple of important new features and improvements, as well as many enhancements and bug fixes.

First of all, the last Android Wear 2.0 developer preview comes with iOS support. In addition, Android Wear apps running on watches paired with iOS devices will be able to perform phone hand-off flows for launching a web page on that device.

Furthermore, Google confirmed that the final developer preview adds an update to the Wearable Support Library. However, there are not updates to the preview watch image or emulator in this specific release.

As mentioned earlier, the developers preview contains some enhancements and bug fixes. For example, the Navigation Drawer has been improved, so users can now flip a flag to toggle to the single-page, icon-only action drawer, which should provide faster and smoother navigation to different views in an app.

NFC (Near Field Communication) HCE support has been added as well, along with new ProGuard configuration. Those who develop apps for Android Wear 2.0 will be able to test the new features and improvements by updating to the fifth beta build.

Although Google hasn't yet confirmed when exactly Android Wear 2.0 will go live, the search giant did say that it will be launched “in early February,” which comes in line with previous reports claiming the new OS will be released on February 9.

source: Google



1. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Whats the use? Android Wear is crap and so are their hardware designs.Learn a thing or two from Samsung for getting top watch designers to create a beautiful Gear S3....the best Smartwatch on the planet..... by a decent margin over the apple watch 2 as well.

2. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Android Wear doesn't have hardware designs. It's just an OS. The manufacturers can do better. But yes the Gear Ss are the best hardware/software combos. But they can do better too. Ie. Theater mode. Wish I could stop it from lighting up in theater.

3. Feanor

Posts: 1367; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Samsung Gear S3 is quite nice but Tag Heuer Connected, Fossil Q Founder and Casio Pro Trek are all nicer and running Android Wear. Maybe when you think Android Wear, you think only of LG and Sony, but Android Wear is the default OS choice for watch makers, who know one thing or two more about watch design than Samsung.

4. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

While I like my Gear S3 and Gear Fit2, I find the apps that run on them to be completely underwhelming. I used it as fitness tracker and watch basically.. oh, and it vibrates when I get messages. Other than that, I haven't really found a use for apps.

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