The next wave of Google’s smart watch operating system, Android Wear 2.0 is releasing next month, but the date hasn’t yet been confirmed. Google is already notifying developers to get their apps ready for the new os version, or see their apps missing from the app store.
According to this sample email from Google to one of the developers published on Android Police, it sounds like an ultimatum rather than an invitation to update apps. Kind of like a high school teacher threatening punitive action for an unfinished assignment!
One of the more serious takeaways from this notification is that Google wants apps to work on their own, without being paired to a smartphone. That’s one of the big changes for Android Wear 2.0 that was announced at the I/O conference in May 2016.
Although Android Wear 2.0 was supposed to be release last fall, Google delayed the update based on feedback from developers about the preview builds. The final release is now almost ready, and should be coming out “early February”, as the notification indicates.
Google is also reportedly working with manufacturing partners to launch two smart watch models that will come with Android Wear 2.0. Though the devices won’t have either the Google or Pixel branding, they are known to be flagship devices, and the first smart watch models to be released with the new version of the operating system.
The Angelfish and Swordfish smart watches – codenames for the new devices – are slated to be launched in the first quarter of 2017, but we’re not certain whether they will be launched alongside Android Wear 2.0 or whether they’ll follow shortly after.
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