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Android Wear 2.0 Launch Pushed to 2017, Third Developer Preview Released

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Android Wear 2.0, the major update for Google’s wearable OS that was unveiled at Google I/O this past May, officially got pushed back to “early 2017” this morning. When first announced, Google claimed that Android Wear 2.0 would launch this fall, but since Google I/O, we really haven’t heard much for when we should expect to see it rollout. While the news of it being pushed back is certainly a downer, there is a silver lining.¬†

Announced this morning, Android Wear 2.0 will feature access to a select portion of Google Play, catered specifically to smartwatch applications. With this, users can browse and download apps directly from their smartwatch, without having to browse from a desktop or mobile phone.

Google took this time to detail the “coolest” feature of Google Play on Android Wear.

If users want an app on their watch but not on their phone, they can install only the watch app. In fact, in Android Wear 2.0, phone apps are no longer necessary. You can now build and publish watch-only apps for users to discover on Google Play.

Alongside the delay, Google has published the third Developer Preview for Android Wear 2.0, downloadable right now for any interested parties.

Developer Preview 3 features the following changes.

  • Complications improvements: Starting with Developer Preview 3, watch face developers will need to request RECEIVE_COMPLICATION_DATA permission before the watch face can receive complication data. We have addedComplicationHelperActivity to make this easier. In addition, watch face developers can now set default complications, including a selection of system data complications which do not require special permission (e.g. battery level and step count), as well as data providers that have whitelisted the watch face.
  • New WearableRecyclerView: This new UI component helps developers display and manipulate vertical lists of items while optimizing for round displays.
  • Inline Action for Notifications: A new API makes it easy to take action on a notification right from the stream. Developers can specify which action is displayed inline at the bottom of the notification by callingsetHintDisplayActionInline:
  • Smart Reply: Android Wear now generates Smart Reply responses for MessagingStyle notifications. Smart Reply responses are generated by an entirely on-watch machine learning model using the context provided by theMessagingStyle notification, and no data is uploaded to the cloud to generate the responses.
  • And much more: Read about the complete list of changes in the Android Wear developer preview release notes.

While the “fall” launch timeline was rather vague, “early 2017” seems even more vague. With that said, it’s no surprise companies like Moto and LG aren’t launching new Android Wear devices, and Huawei reportedly ditched¬†Android Wear completely.

Bummed?

Via: Android Wear
  • jeesung

    “Syncing for embedded apps is not enabled for the preview. Therefore, to test an app on a device, add it to the Play Store or side-load it onto a watch. Some existing Wear apps, e.g. Google Maps, are only using the embedded apps mechanism currently, and are therefore not installable on the preview (and therefore do not appear on the watch).”

    FYI – Most Wear apps are currently embedded so this preview is much more difficult to use as a Daily Driver. Things like GMail & SMS (and Maps as noted above) aren’t installed.

  • jeesung

    there’s a new Beta 2.0 Android Companion App too

  • Morris

    I just going to continue to use my 360 and probably wouldn’t get another AW watch. I really really like Tizen but need Google Now

  • Duffman

    Google, you’re just giving me more of a reason to move to iOS next year. Speaking as a 6P and OG 360 owner.

    • NexusMan

      What’s the reason?

      • Duffman

        Well, my 6P lags just scrolling in chrome. Especially this website! And no new Android Wear until sometime next year, while my OG 360 is about to be 2 years old.

        • NexusMan

          Sorry, didn’t even see your comment about the 6P. Hopefully, the Pixel phones surprise us. I’m looking forward to some info about them we don’t know and would love to be tempted to get one.

          I’m actually ready to dump my 7 month old Galaxy S7. They have a design/manufacturing defect that Samsung is refusing to acknowledge…people all over (including myself) have had the glass over the rear camera shatter, unprovoked, without ever dropping it and always keeping it in a case, and Samsung is giving us a hard time about repairing it without cost. Also, I really hate the small amount of storage. Yes, it has an sd card, but most things ou can not easily transfer to it. Ridiculous that I’m out of storage. I hope Google doesn’t let me down.

        • person

          I keep seeing comments like this but have never seen it. Maybe it’s just the websites I go to, but Chrome is nigh immaculate in performance.

          • Duffman

            I may just have to shoot a video of my 6P with my roommates N6. It’s really sad to see how poorly Google has optimized not only the 6P but chrome as well. I’ve loathed chrome for years. It’s had a ram management issue for years now.

  • Jay Ochs

    you know..i love how my 360 2nd gen looks (minus the screen…amoled would’ve been better) but overall, i think tizen on my gear s2 is much more polished and better to use than android wear right now. i was really hoping for 2.0 on the 360 to have me wear it more often, but the s2 is just better. and cmon, a new dev preview, but still not for the 360 2nd gen? dumb.

  • Godzilla

    Epic fail. Gear S 3 it is then.

  • Cdub

    I am not as impressed with Android Wear as I was originally. Don’t know if I will buy another smartwatch for a while.

  • Mike McGuire

    Sold my 2nd gen Moto 360 and picked up a Fitbit Surge….never looked back. Purpose-built wearables make more sense because they do what you need very well. Android wear tried to be all things to all people and did nothing well.

  • friguy3

    Bummed? Yes. Surprised? No.

  • John

    I keep forgetting about android wear or smartwatches in general and articles about android wear and smartwatches keep popping up.

  • The Bilderbergers

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • tu3218

    Glad I picked up a Gear S2 3G for cheap. Tizen is a very nice platform.

  • cbn4forums

    Smartwatches to be successful need to have a Sim card to allow those who want to be able to ditch their phones and go out for a run/jog while able to get phone calls and messages. I have the original Moto 360 and I think I will just get the Gear S3 as soon as they get it out and if works well with non Samsung phones.

    • person

      Google is rumored to be making a cellular watch

  • Daniel Favela

    I mean who really uses a smartwatch now? It was a hot thing then, but now it seems like its dying and even the updates are being pushed back.

    • tu3218

      You couldn’t be more incorrect. Especially with the apple watch and it making big strides. This is very disappointing in Google and definitely not a good thing at all.

      • Daniel Favela

        To make a point, i dont own one or the other. I was just like anyone else when they were a big hit. But what else can be created to wow the avg consumer or better yet a tech nerd? In my opinion they look great but how often will it be used besides a style point of view.

        • tu3218

          Yeah I agree with that point to a certain degree. I think they just need to be more perfected. See, I don’t even wear mine for style. I wear mine because I love notifications coming to my watch, I love having my watch connected to 3g for when I go on runs. Always have texts/calls wherever I go(my runs), gps tracking, HR monitoring. Basically yeah, I could wear a fitbit blaze. But at the same size, I can wear a smartwatch. Main thing I lose is battery life. But wireless charging makes it a nonissue.

          If you wear a smartwatch for style and that’s it. Of course you’re gonna think its stupid.

          • Daniel Favela

            Yea i see what you mean. What watch do you have? I keep seeing that some or most watches; cant make calls? I may be under a rock when it comes to smart watches.

          • tu3218

            I currently have a Gear S2 3G on the verizon network. I previously had a Sony smartwatch 3. So the gear s2 3g connects to the verizon network. it’s only $5/month. Many people will say it’s stupid but for $5, why the hell not you know? Some people spend that on coffee every day of the week lol But I love when I go on long runs, still having connectivity. Gives me a sense of security. When I go to the gym, I just leave my phone at home now. Take dog for a walk, just leave phone at home. Still connected. It’s pretty cool technology.

          • Daniel Favela

            sounds pretty sweet. sounds your trying to convince me lol. will have to look into.

          • tu3218

            lol yeah it really is. And it works surprisingly very well. I picked up my gear s2 3g for $100 on craigslist. Not bad at all! And Samsung has already announced that the S2 will continue to be sold with the S3. So it will still get all future updates which is nice. ebay has plenty of them as well. Brand new for cheap. They’re not bad, it’s just verizon/samsung gave them away with phone purchases for awhile so there was a plethora of gear s2 online for sale.

          • Daniel Favela

            Wow that’s not bad. Me and the wife are still debating if we are staying with T-Mobile or switching over to Verizon since she gets a discount. If we do we will wait for the holiday sales coming up and see the good fuzz on the gear s watch.

    • Eric R.

      Gear S2 all day, everyday

    • hoosiercub88

      I use my Moto 360 every single day..

      • Nicholas Ruiz

        My Urbane almost never leaves me

    • NexusMan

      Use mine every day for the past 2 years.

    • Josh Jones

      I’ve had a smartwatch since the MotoActv and use my LG Urbane everyday at work.

    • Daistaar

      The millions of people with an Apple Watch.

    • PerhapsNever

      I switch between my Fossil Q and LG Urbane2 LTE often. 1 or the other is on my wrist daily.

  • Brett Wcislo

    I said this when they first came out, and I’ll say it again, smartwatches are just a fad. They may stick around in some form, but IMO they’ve peaked. They’re ugly, expensive, and I’m not really sure what the average person would use it for. People that want health or activity tracking, waste their money on the fitbit scams. (Yes, they’re scams, hence the lawsuits). Unless you’re someone that is constantly on your feet moving or someone like a police officer where your phone may not be easily accessible, I just don’t see the need. Again, that’s just one mans opinion though.

    • KoTiell

      I generally liked having a watch, especially one that alerted me to text messages.

    • hoosiercub88

      I use my Moto 360 to track my fitness activity, and as a on-wrist notification center for my phone. It does both wonderfully and I could not be happier. It’s never let me down and I wear it every day. It does exactly what I want/expect of a device like it, I can’t imagine more things I’d want it to do.

    • PerhapsNever

      To be fair, people that have smart watches usually swear by them. I have 2 and I can’t imagine NOT having them. Most of the people that I know with them (especially Apple Watch users) feel the same way.

      • Brett Wcislo

        There will, of course, be the people who swear by them. You can find someone to swear by almost any product. To the vast majority of the population, however, they’re just a fad that will fade away.

      • Brett Wcislo

        This isn’t to say the products will fade away, I do know people who they are extremely useful for, namely teachers, law enforcement officers, and a friend of mine who’s a Dr.

  • jak_341

    Let’s face it. Android Wear is a dead platform. If it never comes out, would anyone even know or care?

    • scastro87

      TIzen

    • NexusMan

      I would. I love my AW devices and am excited about improvements.

  • mcdonsco

    Becoming less and less interested in Android Wear. It doesn’t do a very good job with activity tracking like Fitbit it only does the job of a smartwatch well, which the Fitbit Blaze could do almost as well, albeit without looking as good. So I’m about to sell my second gen Moto 360 and get a Fitbit Blaze instead.

  • beyerku

    I think this puts the whole platform in danger. Those of us early adopters with our OG Moto 360’s are looking for/needing an update. It’s a miracle my watch still works at all. I’m not going to upgrade this fall now, and if I have to wait until March I might take my watch off and not put it back on.

    • hkklife

      Moto 360 first-gen ain’t getting updated to anything of any sort, not with that antiquated TI OMAP from the Droid X era. It’s a miracle it stayed in production long enough to cram it into a smartwatch!

      • Mike Aurin

        Stayed in production? More like found unused in a warehouse…

    • NexusMan

      Honestly, the OG Moto 360 needed to be updated last year, which it was with the Moto 360 2. The Moto 360 2 is still great right now, and will surely be fine through the release of Android Wear 2.0. It’s not really Google’s fault that you planned to skip the Moto’s newer model and assumed a future 3rd model would come out at a specific time.

    • AndTheWorldMayNeverKnow

      Makes sense since many manufacturers have said they won’t be releasing new Wear watches this year. I think it’s a good thing, let’s be honest many other wearable have set the bar for expectations and if Android 2.0 doesn’t meet or exceed those expectations then THAT will be the real disaster.

  • Raven

    A little bummed, but hopefully it will be a great update when it finally comes out because I was actually somewhat disappointed by some of the UI usage changes that I seen demoed earlier.

  • mrc0mments

    Guess no Pixel watch next week….wonder if the new Zen 3 will run the preview to hold me over.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Probably won’t see that Zen 3 for a while now.

      • mrc0mments

        That would suck. If true that leaves only 2 options to run the preview. Ugh

      • Erik Tyler

        The Zen 3 is basically vaporware at this point…

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Oh Google… No wonder we haven’t heard about the Pixel watches in a while.

    • It’s so funny when no one mentions that in the original reports, it was made very clear that those rumored devices were not a sure thing and may never launch. As of right now, nothing is confirmed.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Yea, but that goes for all reports. I think we can deduce that 2.0 not being ready, has pushed the watches back.

  • Dlongb13

    Why is there a picture of a Moto 360v2 there when you can’t run a preview on it? Got all excited, so I’m all sad.