Google to release two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches in the beginning of 2017

Google to release two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches in the beginning of 2017
Credible leakster Evan Blass (@evleaks) revealed that Google will unveil a pair of smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0 sometime between January and March next year. They are expected to be the first devices running the new and updated version of Google's platform for wearables, which will feature its own app store and an improved Smart Reply feature.

We already know that the smartwatches are code-named Swordfish and Angelfish. The former is a 42mm watch that operates with a single button, supports interchangeable bands, and is going to be sold in silver, titanium, and rose gold colors.

The latter is more technologically inclined, with built-in LTE and GPS connectivity which will let it function as a standalone device that need not be tethered to a smartphone. It's also said to feature a heart rate sensor and three hardware buttons for control.

Below, we have two (supposedly credible) renders of the upcoming smartwatches. As you can see, they are both circular and feature a clean, understated aesthetic typical of Google hardware.

source: @evleaks



1. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

please come with a rotating bezel.

3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Gear S2&3 series?

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It it has project soli embedded in their new watch. Then having something physically rotating would be no more. Especially since soli allows input from just touching the side of the casing. A round bezel only works for round displays and watches. Where as project soli would work on any shape including squares.

4. Feanor

Posts: 1422; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Android Wear includes navigation through gestures; it means you can navigate through most essential functions without needing to engage your other hand or cover your screen with fingerprints. It's funny how Apple and Samsung get all the publicity (in this case with the Digital Crown and Rotating Bezel respectively) and not even Android can get their point through. True, the Android Wear gestures are only for some functions, mainly a quick look to your notifications, but the hands-free navigation is a big advantage for a smartwatch. Once you have to engage the other hand it makes little difference if you navigate with swipes or Digital Crowns or Rotating Bezels. Also Android Wear is an operating system for a diverse portfolio of devices. Requesting hardware like rotating bezels would severely limit the design possibilities of what you can achieve with the platform (e.g. the Moto 360 would not be able to have such a thin bezel design).

6. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

It does make a difference, if you're swiping you're blocking the tiny screen with your hand, with the rotating bezel you're not doing that, and it's more natural way of seeings things rotate in the same direction you rotate the bezel. The crown from Apple is less intuitive, but has the same idea.

7. Feanor

Posts: 1422; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

So you think that making rotating bezel a prerequisite for Andrid Wear and thus restricting the system to samey round watches with stating bezels from all manufacturers is a good idea? No more square watches, no more thin bezels?

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Looks like it will be thick.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5765; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Still not really interested in smartwatches yet I hope it has Project Soli or something new and different

8. photo3

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Add android pay already. Crazy its still missing.

9. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

So because the hardware isn't ready or suck. The rest of us have to wait for Wear 2.0.........

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