Android Wear 2.0 will Arrive Next Month
Android Wear is due for a big update aptly called Android Wear 2.0. According to the letter sent to developers and later published by Android Police, Google is set to launch the update in the Google Play store in February.
Android Wear 2.0 will bring Android Pay, a full QWERTY keyboard, and watch faces can display information from other apps. Google Assistant is also supposed to be in the update, but it’s unclear if it’ll come at launch or part of a later update. The biggest thing for developers is watch owners will be able to search and install apps directly from their wrist, so no need to pull out a phone.
Google is rumored to be working on two new Android Wear watches that’ll highlight the features of Android Wear. The watches will work like the old Nexus program where an OEM like LG, Huawei, Motorola, or Asus would produce the watch in conjunction with Google. When the watches do launch, Google Assistant will have likely made it’s way to the OS to give users a reason to buy the Google branded watches.
The smartwatch space is starting to heat up again as Fitbit appears to be developing (or acquiring) a smartwatch to compete with the Apple Watch and any Android Wear ones. As Pebble dies, more users will start to jump towards Apple or Google’s smartwatch platform, making for a huge area of growth. Only time will tell who wins the smartwatch race – if there is even a race to be won.
Tell us in the comments below what you think about the update, and what feature you’re most excited for!