Google reveals Android Wear 2.0 release details to developers
NEW DELHI: Google introduced its Android Wear 2.0 OS version back in May last year and since then has been rolling out developer previews of the same. Now, according to an email being sent by Google to developers for the particular platform the final version of the OS date has been revealed.
According to the screenshot of the letter posted by a developer on Google Plus, the Android Wear 2.0 will be releasing in February. “Android Wear 2.0 is launching in early February 2017. It includes a new on-watch Play Store to help users discover apps right on their wrist,” says the letter.
The search giant is also asking developers to update their apps with new features, one of them being the app’s ability to run in standalone mode without any internet connectivity. Google has already revealed the feature back at the company’s IO developer conference in May last year.On a related note, Google is being said to work on its own smartwatches. Last month Google officially confirmed its upcoming smartwatches. The company will be launching its smartwatches this year. Google’s product manager of Android Wear Jeff Chang told The Verge that the company will launch two smartwatches this year.
Chang said that the Google smartwatches will be powered by Android Wear 2.0. This means that the smartwatches will be one of the very first wearable devices to come with Android Wear 2.0. Chang also revealed that the smartwatches will not have any Google or Pixel branding on them. The smartwatches will instead carry the OEM branding.
Google is speculated to have already picked up an OEM for them. Speculations suggest Motorola, LG and Samsung to be among the top contenders to make the smartwatch.
Rumours also claim that the smartwatches will come in different sizes and target both genders. Of the two smartwatches, one is likely to be slightly more feature-laden than the other.