Android Wear 2.0 will be launched with two flagship smartwatches in the first quarter of 2017, Jeff Chang , product manager of Android Wear at Google said to The Verge .
The new watches will not be branded by Pixel or Google but will be branded by the company that is manufacturing them. Chang stated that Google is collaborating with the manufacture on both the hardware design and software interrogation for the watches and the manufacture has created Android Wear devices in the past. The partnership will be similar to Google Nexus program in terms of collaboration.
After the launch of the new smartwatches, existing Android Wear watches will get the Android Wear 2.0 update. Android Wear 2.0 will come with new features such as standalone apps that don’t need phone to work, Android Pay, Google Assistant and more. Even Existing Android Wear watches will get the Android 2.0 update but all features are not supported with them due to the specific hardware requirements.
Google released the fourth developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 earlier this month and will release the final and the fifth developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 in January next year and will expect to include support for both Android Pay and Google Assistant in it. Android Pay will work on both Android and iOS platforms.
According to Chang, other partners will release more Android Wear 2.0 watches in 2017 and some may be announced at CES in January next year.
A list of smartwatches that will be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0
- Moto 360 Gen 2
- Moto 360 Sport
- LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
- LG Watch Urbane
- LG G Watch R
- Polar M600
- Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
- Nixon Mission
- Tag Heuer Connected
- Fossil Q Wander
- Fossil Q Marshal
- Fossil Q Founder
- Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch
- Michael Kors Access Dylan Smartwatch
- Huawei Watch
- Huawei Watch Ladies
- Asus ZenWatch 2
- Asus ZenWatch 3
Source: The Verge