Android Wear 2.0 to Finally Launch in February
Google first announced Android Wear 2, an operating system designed for smartwatches and wearables in May 2016.
At that time, it was released as a developer preview with the expectation of an official release by the end of the year. Then in September, Google announced it was delaying the release of Android Wear 2.0 until early 2017. Google has continued to release developer previews, aimed at helping developers prepare and create apps for the new OS ahead of public availability.
According to a letter addressed to developers and published by Android Police, the long-awaited update to its wearable platform will finally arrive in early February. Wear 2.0 will also support standalone apps that don’t need phones to work.
The update adds significant features to the Android Wear OS, including a built-in Play Store to download and install apps directly on the watch, not through a smartphone as is required right now. A keyboard is included, along with the ability for apps to connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi, again, without the need of a nearby smartphone, a new app launcher, and support for complications on watch faces are also included.
Source: Android Police