Google is ready to release Android Wear 2.0 and reliable sources confirmed that the release date will be on 9th February.
With just weeks to go, the information comes from Evan Blass who has always predicted some of the most important launch dates and seldom goes wrong. The alleged date has been posted on his Twitter account and we have bunch of information with regards to the launch.
Pegged as one of the biggest launches for Google, Android Wear 2.0 will further strengthen the operating system’s position in the wearable market. The Apple Watch is a good device on its own but it doesn’t work with other devices and iPhones aren’t the most popular phones around the globe. Android holds a major market share that makes Wear 2.0 a more feasible option for most buyers worldwide. The announcement was supposed to have been made last fall but stating quality requirements, the company postponed the date and it looks like it will take place this month.
From what we know so far, Android Wear 2.0 will launch with a big update. The OS will introduce a Play store for Android based smartwatches so that you could download watch specific apps directly from their wearable devices. It also includes in-app billing so that you don’t have to take your phone out to finish shopping. Instead, everything right from browsing through the apps to shopping can be done on the watch. Google has already released a statement that lists all the apps that support this new OS features.
In an earlier announcement, it has been confirmed that all top smartwatches including LG Watch R, Urbane, Urabe 2nd Gen, Asus Zenwatch, Zenwatch 2, Moto 360 2nd Gen, Sport, Tag Heuer Connected, Huawei Watch, Fossil Q models and a couple of other models will receive Android Wear 2.0 update. However, they may not get the update immediately as launch cycles will vary based on the company’s individual policies. Sony, Samsung watches may receive the update too but there is no confirmed update with regards to it.
Google is also expected to announce two new flagship watches during the Wear 2.0 launch on 9th February. They will continue to be named as the Nexus watches and may sport a 42mm dial with heart rate sensor, GPS and LTE support. The watches are code named as Swordfish and Angelfish for now. The Angelfish is supported to the flagship model with best in-class specifications.