Android Wear 2.0: Google will present two flagship smartwatches in early 2017

Google does not market the models, they rather come from the respective hardware partners. In the course of the coming year follow further devices with Android 2.0. Also a number of already available models get updates on the new version of the operating system.

In the first quarter of next year Google will present two new flagship smartwatches. They are supposed to be the first products with Android Wear 2.0. This has been confirmed by product manager Jeff Chang, The Verge.

The two wearables will come under the brand name of the respective manufacturers, which have not yet been mentioned. They are developed in cooperation with Google, comparable to the joint development of the former Nexus smartphones with the respective hardware partners.
The new smartwatches will not be released under the new label pixel, which is now Google’s own smartphones.

In the course of 2017, new computer clocks with Android 2.0 are to be followed by other manufacturers. Announcements are to be expected at CES both in January and later at Baselworld 2017, a trade fair for watches and jewelery.

In addition, there will be updates on Android 2.0 for a number of smartwatches that have recently appeared on the market. The update includes various models from Motorola, LG, Huawei, Asus, Polar, Casio, Fossil and Tag Heuer. Chang also mentioned that some features like Android Pay, if they require a certain hardware, are not supported by all updated models.

Originally the release of Android Wear 2.0 should take place in autumn, it was already presented at Google’s I / O developer conference in May. With the release of the third Developer Preview, Google postponed the publication of the final version, however, to spring 2017 and let the developer preview program continue. The move was made according to Google, in order to secure the qualitative requirements of the platform. The fifth and final preview version of Android 2.0 is now announced for January and is to support both Google Assistant and Android Pay on suitable devices.

The third preview already made the Play Store available from the Smartwatch, even if it is not connected to a smartphone. This meant that bundling with smartphone apps was no longer essential. The Play Store can be reached via WLAN or mobile radio, if the device has it.

Google also confirmed that the launch of the two flagship models is a part of a broader effort to persuade consumers of persistent demand for wearables and, in particular, smartwatches. This may not be easy, as smartwatches have lagged far behind the euphoric expectations.

EMarketer has just drastically revised its estimates for this market. In spite of the high hopes, it was still among the early users, while the broad consumer market remained closed and the sales figures are still manageable. The main reason for this is the fact that market researchers consider the rather small value at relatively high prices.

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