Google’s Android Wear platform may have stalled a bit during 2016 with manufacturers deciding to wait on new smartwatches and Google themselves delaying the release of its next update. However, it looks like we won’t have to wait much longer as trusted leaker Evan Blass is marking February 9th as the Android Wear 2.0 launch date.
Join us after the break for all the details.
Mark your calendar: Android Wear 2.0 launches on February 9th.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 17, 2017
The tweet above from Evan Blass pretty much says all of it. We already knew that Google was planning to release Android Wear 2.0 sometime in early 2017, but until now we didn’t know exactly when. Of course, nothing is official until Google themselves makes the announcement, but Evan Blass has a pretty accurate track record with these types of things. This also comes soon after Google sent out an email to developers to make sure to update their apps for Android Wear 2.0 for an “early February” launch.
As a reminder, Android Wear 2.0 is a pretty significant update and brings with it a host of new features. The first thing you will notice is a new user interface based on Material Design, which should streamline the experience and make it easier to switch between apps, settings, changing watch faces, etc. Speaking of watch faces, you will also be able to customize them with various complications to show battery life, or Google Fit data, for example.
Messaging will also be getting an overhaul and Android Wear 2.0 will let you reply to messages using on-screen inputs instead of just your voice. Both handwriting recognition as well as an full QWERTY keyboard with swipe support will be included, although time will tell just how easy those methods will be on such a small screen. Another new feature for Android Wear 2.0 is support for standalone apps that can fully function on your smartwatch without having to be tethered to your smartphone. This is especially helpful for those times you can’t or don’t want your phone on you, say, if it’s charging or you’re out for a run and want to travel lightly.
We will keep an eye out for an official announcement from Google regarding a launch date as well as any information about the fabled smartwatches Google is said to be developing. Are you exciting for Android Wear 2.0?
Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)