There’s bad news for anyone who was expecting to get Android Wear 2.0 on their smartwatch this year.
Although Developer Preview 3 is out today, Google announced that Android Wear 2.0 won’t be rolled out to the public until 2017.
What’s new in Developer Preview 3? Access to the Play Store from your wrist. Users can search for apps using voice, keyboard, handwriting, or recommendations. Apps can then be installed on smartwatches rather than going through another device first and waiting for them to communicate and sync. Android Wear 2.0 will actually let users install on a smartwatch only if you want don’t need the phone or tablet version.
Your ‘My apps’ list will appear on your wrist, too, for easy management. Google essentially ported the Play Store from phones and tablets in its entirety for Android Wear.
Other new features include inline actions for notifications Smart Reply, the latter of which analyzes a notification and generates suggestions for you to use in replies. There is, of course, more but you can read the full release notes on the Android Developers site.
Google’s announcement of a delay for Android Wear 2.0 comes at a time when its partners are backing away from smartwatches indefinitely. Companies like LG, Huawei, and Lenovo have noticed the market is lacking interest, so they’re taking a break from working with Google to compete with Apple and others in the wearables space.
Source: Android Developers