What will Google bring with Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches

Don't think that Google held itself back this Christmas because Google has already confirmed that it will launch its first smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0 on-board in early 2017. 

Android Wear 2.0 is set to be the greatest overhaul to Google's platform of wearable tech. At the I/O conference in May this year, Google had announced that the update would arrive in the autumn, but has since then delayed the release into early next year. Google has now finally confirmed that it will be taking place in 2017.

Aimed at "staying connected to what matters," Android Wear 2.0 will have a focus on watch faces, messaging and fitness and standalone apps that should really ease your modern life.

The Verge reported this week that the first Android Wear 2.0 devices will launch in the first quarter of 2017, and won't have Google or Pixel branding (which generally most of the Google's newly launched tech has).



According to Jeff Chang, product manager of Android Wear, the new devices are a collaboration between Google and a third-party manufacturer, similar to Google's partnership with HTC for the original Pixel smartphones launched in October. This type of collaboration would sincerely satisfy your needs of Google wearable, where both the hardware and software are supervised on by Google & the manufacturing of the hardware will be done by leading companies across the globe.

Standalone apps are the biggest change for the Wear ecosystem through this update. In 2.0, you won't need to have your phone nearby to use apps on your Android Wear device. Rather than this, your smartwatch will be able to communicate through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or cellular network, instead of depending on a tethered phone or cloud syncing.

Android Wear 2.0 brings new features like refreshed UI, support for standalone apps, Android Pay and Google's voice-activated Assistant. Android Pay will work on smartwatches with NFC support and equipped with necessary hardware and still, it's very comfortable to use than expected. 

The Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches can even connect to Wi-Fi but honestly, this is a big step by Android Wear towards its smartwatch owners, especially the iPhone users. You can even download apps straight to the watch and as for Android Wear, whether you own an Android powered device or an iPhone, it won't matter for these smartwatches. You will be able to use them with either types of the phones.

Android Wear 2.0 platform delivers new features like standalone apps that do not need a phone to function, Android Pay support, Google Assistant support and more.

If you are worried about security with apps on your wrist, then stop worrying this time. While smartphone-paired watches use secure transfer authentication data via the Wearable Data Layer API, apps will make use of AW2.0's new input methods for username and password. 



Below is the list of Android Wear watches that will be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0 next year.
  • Moto 360 Gen 2
  • Moto 360 Sport
  • LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
  • LG Watch Urbane
  • LG G Watch R
  • Polar M600
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Nixon Mission
  • Tag Heuer Connected
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Founder
  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan Smartwatch
  • Huawei Watch
  • Huawei Watch Ladies
  • Asus ZenWatch 2
  • Asus ZenWatch 3

Taha Maknoo is a passionate student and blogger. He usually spends most of his time over content writing and getting more information about the new tech launched to keep everybody updated (including himself!). He's a self confessed leaner and a tech enthusiast. He has the enthusiasm and the will to make everybody aware of the latest innovations in the world and new softwares released each day
What will Google bring with Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches What will Google bring with Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches Reviewed by Taha Maknoo on 12/26/2016 11:09:00 pm
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