Android Wear 2.0, the much delayed update to Google's wearable platform has been finally released. Google announced Android Wear 2.0 along with two smartwatches - LG Watch Sport and Watch Style - earlier in the day. With Android Wear 2.0, Google is preparing to compete with Samsung's Gear S3 and the Apple Watch in the wearable market.
Android Wear 2.0 was first showcased at Google I/O 2016 and it comes with a redesigned user interface. The wearable platform now supports third-party complications in watch faces and developers can build standalone apps for Android wearable. The Wear 2.0 adds native support for Google Play Store, LTE connection and NFC for Android Pay.
While Android Wear 2.0 is all about refinements, it also introduces Google Assistant for wrist-based voice interactions. Assistant, which has been confined to Pixel devices and Google Home, can now be summoned from the wrist. While Google says the best experience of Android Wear 2.0 will be on LG's new smartwatches, the update will be pushed out to some of the older watches. Here is the full list of Android Wear devices getting the update:
Google is trying to make Android Wear 2.0 available on most of the smartwatches available in the market, but it does leave out first generation smartwatches like the LG G Watch, Moto 360, Asus ZenWatch and Samsung Gear Live. Google has also confirmed that ZTE and Casio will announce new smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0 out of the box in the coming days.