Google’s next iteration to its smartwatch operating system, Android Wear 2.0, is up for release in February 2017.
Though the date is not confirmed, Google has started informing developers regarding the release, a few weeks in advance. All apps and unsupported apps of the play store are being updated, with developer teams being notified to release the updated apps ASAP.
Notification to Developers
This is being done in order to help developers having Android Wear codes that are not supported. This will help them prepare to update their applications.Google is attempting to make sure that the developers are able to update their applications, so that they can run in the standalone mode. This means that the apps don’t need to be dependent on a smartphone connection, for connecting to a Wi Fi network or for installing an application.
Maybe March Release
New reports coming from the 9to5Google state that Google is sending emails to developers informing them about a February release. However, this seems a little ahead of the schedule, because the Developer Preview 4 was launched only in the middle of December. It can be safely assumed that the 5th Preview will only be available by the end of this month and the final build will be available some time in early March 2017.
The standalone feature is one of the highlights of the new Android Wear 2.0 iteration. Google announced it in the I/O conference for developers held in May 2016. This is the first important update for the Android Wear OS.
The top features of the upcoming Android Wear 2.0 are setting up of time trials; a sharp looking MiX and the Standalone mode. The company is planning to launch the new OS iteration in February, though the exact date has not yet been announced.M branding
Delay in Release
Google has delayed the release of its new Android Wear 2.0 OS version to 2017. This has been done to solve some issues dogging the preview builds of developers. The developer previews had been set to consist of a total of five builds, with each being released after six weeks, and a final release slated for the later part of 2016. However, this did not happen and the launch has been delayed.
In addition, Google is working on 2 other smartwatches with an anonymous manufacturer, with whom the company has collaborated earlier. Though there were some earlier contradictory reports, Google has now affirmed to The Verge in the month of December 2016 that these upcoming new smartwatches will not have a Pixel or a Google brand. Rather, they will be offered as a flagship device and will present the first hardware release after launching the new Android Wear 2.0 OS iteration.
The software release of Android Wear 2.0 is expected to come in February this year, so we can expect that Google will follow this up with the announcement of its new smartwatches a short while later. The watches will have an OEM branding and might be a Nexus kind of gadget.