December is proving to be a big month for Google with the official release of Android 8.1 to Pixel and Nexus devices, the launch of Android Oreo Go Edition for low-powered smartphones. Today the search giant has announced the rollout of Android 8.0 to Android Wear devices has begun.
The update was announced on Google+ by Hoi Lam, Wearables Developer Advocate at Google in the Android Developers Community. While the Oreo update for Android Wear doesn’t add much in the way of design or functionality to the platform, there are some welcome changes, including the following:
- Notification vibration strength setting
- Touch lock option for wet conditions
- Support for 7 new countries/languages
- More notification channels
- Battery saving background limits.
While Google has made the Oreo update available for Android Wear, as with smartphones, the availability of the update for your particular devices is, unfortunately, dependent on the manufacturer of said device. The good news is that if you own an LG Watch Sport you should be seeing a notification of the update. Everyone else with an Android Wear smartwatch has to play the ‘wait and see’ game.
We’ll let you know if and when other brands announce support for the Oreo update, until then, it might worth navigating to Settings, System, About, and giving the old System Updates a dab or two to see if the update is ready.