It’s almost time: February 8 may be Android Wear 2.0’s big release day

Why it issues to you

Your Android Put on smartwatch is about to get means higher than it’s in the meanwhile

Excited for Google’s Android Put on 2.zero software program? You need to be, it’s going to reinvigorate the platform designed for wearable tech, able to meet up with enhancements made to Apple’s WatchOS and Samsung’s Tizen platform. A variety of corporations and trend manufacturers have already pre-introduced Android Put on watches with the brand new model, they usually’re set to launch later this yr

Google’s extremely anticipated replace will arrive in “early February,” in response to a Google+ user, who posted a screenshot of an e-mail from the Google Play Developer staff, urging builders to publish their apps for Android Put on 2.zero. “Android Put on 2.zero is launching in early February 2017. It features a new on-watch Play Retailer to assist customers uncover apps proper on their wrist.”

Extra: Expect more smartwatches and wearables this year, Qualcomm executive says

When precisely will it arrive? Google hasn’t stated exactly, however Twitter-based mostly know-how leaker @evleaks has given us two hints. In mid-January, he stated Android Put on 2.zero would launch on February 9; however has since tweeted the date has been moved ahead to February eight.

Which watches will use Android Put on 2.zero?

When you personal an Android Put on system, the next watches will obtain the replace: Asus ZenWatch 2, Asus ZenWatch three, Casio WSD-F10, Moto 360 Gen. 2, Moto 360 Sport, Tag Heuer Related, LG Watch Urbane 2nd Version LTE, LG Watch Urbane, LG G Watch R, Polar M600, Fossil Q Wander, Fossil Q Marshal, Fossil Q Founder, Michael Kors Entry Bradshaw Smartwatch, Michael Kors Entry Dylan Smartwatch, Nixon Mission, Huawei Watch, and Huawei Watch Women.

At CES 2017, Casio announced a new watch that can be launched in April with Android Put on 2.zero, as did New Balance. Swarovski stated it is also collaborating with Qualcomm and Google on a smartwatch “for her,” and Qualcomm’s director of wearables says extra smartwatches from style manufacturers are to be anticipated this yr — particularly at Baselworld 2017, an annual jewellery and watch commerce present.

Google is also expected to announce two Android Put on smartwatches, and in accordance with Evan Blass in his tweet relating to Android Put on 2.zero’s launch date, they’ll each arrive on the identical day because the software program: February eight.

Extra: Swarovski partnering with Qualcomm, Google on an Android Wear smartwatch

What options are new?

Aside from design modifications, Android Wear 2.0 introduces watch-face “Problems,” which act like miniature widgets for notifications in your watch. The replace additionally provides an on-watch Play Retailer and standalone apps, which means you gained’t must be related to your telephone on a regular basis. The OS may even acknowledge actions and may start monitoring them routinely — one thing many health trackers can do already.

You’ll additionally discover improved enter choices for responding to texts and messages — specifically, a keyboard, swiping by way of letters, scribbling, and sensible replies that now make it simpler to sort. The replace will even allow help for Android Pay, although you’ll want a tool with NFC, in addition to the Google Assistant.

For extra particulars about Android Put on 2.zero, right here’s our hands-on from Google’s developer convention final yr.

Article initially revealed on 01-eleven-2017 by Julian Chokkattu. Up to date on 02-06-2017 by Andy Boxall: Added in a second, revised potential launch date for Android Put on 2.zero

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