Google will launch its own Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches

Alex Kidman 23 December 2016

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You won’t get a Pixel Watch, but it will have Google DNA inside.

The smartwatch category is one that’s had plenty of hype in recent times, whether you’re a fan of the Apple Watch, or Samsung’s own Tizen-powered Gear S3 line. Google has long had its own play in this market with Android Wear, but to date it has provided the software while other manufacturers such as Huawei, LG and Motorola have produced the actual hardware.

With the imminent release of Android Wear 2.0, however, that could be all about to change. According to The Verge Google will launch Android 2.0 with two new flagship watch designs with an unnamed manufacturer. They apparently won’t be branded with Google’s own logo or its Pixel branding for smartphones, and as with the Pixel and Pixel XL, they’ll be produced by a third-party manufacturer.

The manufacturer will be apparently be one that’s produced Android Wear devices previously which rather shortens the field. Motorola’s on the record as saying it is pausing its smartwatch aspirations. That would logically leave either Huawei or LG, both of whom have previously worked with Google on Nexus devices, as the most obvious frontrunners for such a device deal.

The new flagships will be the first to launch with Android Wear 2.0, but they won’t be the only devices to get the new operating system. Here’s the rundown of the devices that will also be capable of upgrading to Android Wear 2.0:

Android Wear 2.0 Update

ManufacturerModel
MotorolaMoto 360 Gen 2
MotorolaMoto 360 Sport
LGLG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
LGLG Watch Urbane
LGLG G Watch R
PolarPolar M600
CasioCasio Smart Outdoor Watch
NixonNixon Mission
Tag HeuerTag Heuer Connected
FossilFossil Q Wander
FossilFossil Q Marshal
FossilFossil Q Founder
Michael KorsMichael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch
Michael KorsMichael Kors Access Dylan Smartwatch
HuaweiHuawei Watch
HuaweiHuawei Watch Ladies
AsusAsus ZenWatch 2
AsusAsus ZenWatch 3

The final developer release of Android Wear 2.0 is expected in January with retail devices to follow shortly thereafter. It’s expected that some manufacturers may announce new smartwatch models at CES 2017 that may incorporate Android Wear 2.0 when they are released. However,as it does with its Pixel phones, Google’s reserving first to market space for its own efforts.

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