Android Wear 2.0 third developer beta out, stable version delayed next year
Google announced Android Wear’s biggest ever update v2.0 at I/O 2016. Since the second developer edition back in July, we haven’t heard much about it. Google promised to release stable version before year end but according to the latest blog post, the final OS is delayed to 2017 with third developer beta releasing to developers from today.
Google took another step towards making Android Wear more independent from a smartphone. Beta 3 brings Google Play Store support to your wearable. Users can directly download apps from smartwatch, though the experience still looks somewhat meh, we expect an improvement before the final release.
Now, developers can take advantage of it and release Wear apps directly to Wear’s Play Store. Previously, one needed to download phone app and only then he can have a Wear compatibility.
It comes as no surprise when the third party manufacturers decided to not release any Android Wear hardware this year, as Google itself still has tons of work to finalize Android Wear 2.0 and it’s only coming next year.