Google will ship Android Wear 2.0 in February

Alex Kidman 12 January 2017

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New Watch OS and new Android Wear watches are coming soon.

Smartwatches are a category that has seen plenty of hype but not a whole lot of excitement. Google has been promising Android Wear 2.0 as "coming soon" for some time now, but it appears that soon in this context will in fact be next month.

According to emails cited by Ausdroid, developers of Android Wear apps are being told to update their apps to full compatibility with Android Wear 2.0, specifically so they can be seen in the on-watch Android Wear 2.0 Play Store.

The emails state that Android Wear will be launching in "early February" 2017, which means that it’s imminent.

It’s expected that Android Wear 2.0 will launch concurrently with new Google smartwatches, although they’re not expected to carry the current "Pixel" branding that adorns Google’s own phones.

Like the Pixel devices, it’s expected that a third party manufacturer will handle actual production. It’s tipped that this will be a Google partner that has previously produced Android Wear hardware, which would suggest one of LG, Huawei or Motorola as the OEM in this case, although Motorola has publicly stated that it is pausing its own smart watch ambitions.

Google’s own watches won’t be the only watches with Android Wear compatibility, however. The following Android Wear devices will also be in line to upgrade:

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

If Google does keep to an early February release, it also means that the software will be available well before Mobile World Congress 2017 kicks off at the end of the month, which means it’s quite likely that we’ll see new Android Wear 2.0 hardware in Barcelona as well.

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