Google’s next-generation smartwatch platform, Android Wear 2.0, will not be saying a light of day this year. The association announced currently that it is loitering a launch of a update, that was creatively scheduled for this fall, to someday in early 2017.
Instead of rising a final chronicle this fall, Google is fluctuating a developer preview module for Android Wear 2.0, and currently it’s releasing the third preview of a platform for developers. The association says that it is regulating a additional time to excellent balance a program around feedback from developers, and it will have another preview build expelled before a finish of a year. Today’s chronicle adds a series of new features, many important of that is a Play Store for smartwatches.
The Play Store for Android Wear 2.0 will let smartwatch owners crop and download apps and watchfaces directly to their watches, but carrying to implement them on their phones. It’s a large partial of Google’s representation to make Android Wear 2.0 reduction contingent on phones and some-more of an independent platform. It also will concede iOS users to implement third-party watchfaces and apps on an Android Wear watch, that was formerly singular to Android only. (The Play Store on Android Wear with iOS is not nonetheless upheld in this version, Google says that will come in a after developer preview.)
Android Wear 2.0’s Play Store will work when a watch is connected to a phone over Bluetooth or when it’s connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network (on inclination with mobile connectivity). Purchases for paid apps will need to be real on a phone with this version, yet Google says it skeleton to discharge that requirement with destiny versions.
In further to a Play Store, this developer preview, that can be commissioned on a Huawei Watch and a LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, adds voice partner functionality (was blank from progressing builds); improved user interface elements for turn displays; improvements to complications and permissions; inline actions for notifications; and Google’s Smart Reply feature. Smart Reply is partial of Google’s incomparable Assistant height and provides contextual replies for incoming messages. Google says that Allo and Hangouts are already regulating it and developers will be means to capacitate it in their apps with this build.
Google says that a check for a launch of Android Wear 2.0 is so that a association can strike a peculiarity mandate it has for a height when it is publicly launched and not given of specific hardware delays. Though vital Android Wear partners such as Motorola, Huawei, and LG have pronounced they won’t be rising any some-more Wear smartwatches this year, Google points to new inclination from Asus, Fossil, Michael Kors, Polar, and Nixon as justification of a vibrancy of a platform. Google says that all of a inclination rising this tumble will support Android Wear 2.0 when a final chronicle is accessible subsequent year.
Still, with a check of Android Wear 2.0 and a deficiency of new inclination from a tech companies Google’s worked with in a past, Google is ceding a remunerative holiday deteriorate to Apple and Samsung, that already have a large lead over Android Wear in a smartwatch market.
Android Wear 2.0 is a biggest refurbish to Google’s smartwatch height given the strange launch in 2014 and it promises to be unequivocally engaging and potentially useful. But in sequence to do that, it has to initial arrive.