Android Wear is Google’s smartwatch operating system that goes big in a bid to conquer the success of the Apple Watch in the market. Android Wear strives to improve every year and Google has been trying to expand Android Wear’s presence into multiple devices for two years. Android Wear includes dozens of exciting features like Google Now, the ability to download apps from the Google Play Store and more.
At Google I/O 2016, the biggest search engine on Earth officially announced Android Wear 2.0 with refreshed UI and major improvements over the predecessor. Noticeably, smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0 will be completely standalone and won’t require a smartphone as a companion, meaning that you will get direct network access to cloud and your favorite apps on your watch even when your phone is not with you.
Android Wear is now available as a developer preview and only compatible with the LG Watch Urbane Second Edition LTE and Huawei-branded smartwatches. According to an email sent by Google to developers of apps for wearable devices, Android Wear 2.0 is coming in a few weeks. The email says that the next version of Android Wear will be released in early February this year and third-party developers should update their apps to make them compatible with the official version of Android Wear at launch.
Android Wear 2.0 features a new on-watch Play Store, Google Assistant, and many under-the-hood improvements over the first generation Android Wear. The biggest search engine on Earth, Google is expected to launch two new Android Wear 2.0-based smartwatches carrying Google branding this year following the release of two-own branded Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones in 2016.
Android Wear has seen a rapid growth for a couple of years. More than 720.000 Android Wear-based smartwatches were shipped during the six months of availability. Android Wear has now up to five million application installations, making it one of the most used watch operating systems in the market.
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