Google has now confirmed that Android Wear 2.0 will be launched in early February. The confirmation came in the form of a letter sent to developers in order to notify them about the official release. In the letter, Google urged developers to make sure their apps are compatible with the upcoming Android Wear release.
Android Wear 2.0 is set to bring a lot of changes to Google’s take on smartwatch operating system. On of the major changes will be the introduction of on-watch Play Store with stand-alone apps that will work without relying on connection with smartphones. Through the letter, Google wanted to convey the message to developers if their apps are incompatible with Android Wear 2.0, then they will not be visible to users in the on-watch Play Store.
The letter does not mention specific date or week for Android Wear 2.0 release but it is confirmed that it will happen sometime next month. Google has already confirmed that it will be releasing two new smartwatches running the latest software but it is unknown whether they will be announced alongside Android Wear 2.0. It is worth mentioning that none of these two smartwatches are Google or Pixel branded. These smartwatches will only be used as flagship offerings by Google to showcase the capabilities of the new platform version.
Additionally, we all know that 2016 was not a good year for smartwatches and wearables. The demand for wearable products was not good enough for OEMs to continue releasing new ones and they end up postponing releases. It is expected that Android Wear 2.0 release might change things for smartwatch makers but for the time being, we will have to wait and see what happens.