Google to Roll Out Android Wear 2.0 Update in February

By | Jan 12, 2017 09:46 PM EST
A smartwatch running on the Android Wear operating system.

A smartwatch running on the Android Wear operating system.(Photo : YouTube Screenshot)

Several reports claimed that Google has been busy working on the next update to its smartwatch operating system. It is widely believed that Google will roll out Android Wear 2.0 into the public in February.

Google is yet to pick an exact release date, but it has been reported that the tech giant has been sending out memos notifying developers of the impending changes. This is to make sure that all unsupported Android Wear code are properly fixed and updated or else they will be unavailable in the Play Store, according to Engadget.

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One major change that Google is trying to push is the feature that allows apps to run in standalone mode. This means that Android smartwatches do not have to depend on a connected smartphone in order to connect to a Wi-Fi network or install apps.

This standalone feature was one of the hallmark features that Google promised to the Android Wear 2.0 update. Google first announced this feature way back in May 2016 during the company's annual I/O Developer Conference.

In September 2016, Google delayed the release of the Android Wear 2.0 update in order to make sure that all bugs are fixed. Aside from major changes in terms of its software, Google is also planning to release two smartwatches from two unconfirmed manufacturers.

Google confirmed to The Verge that the two upcoming smartwatches will not carry the Google or Pixel branding. However, these will still be considered as flagship devices and will be the first models to run on the updated Android Wear 2.0 platform.

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