With all the wearables introduced at IFA and before, Google has been talking about updating its wearable OS to Android Wear 2.0 on October 15. Supposedly, this major update will bring performance enhancements, stability improvements and the default bug fixes.
Since Google is in complete control of Android Wear, they will probably push the update directly to Android Wear clients instead of other mobile devices like tablets or smartphones, bypassing the lag OEMs usually have when distributing updates. Android Wear is the most acclaimed software/OS for wearable devices at the moment and the Google Play Store has been receiving thousands of apps and games specifically designed for Wear. Android Wear 2.0 will include the ability to pair Android devices with Bluetooth headset to make answering calls directly from your watch much easier. Version 2.0 of the OS will probably bring optimized design for round watches, as well.
The new Android Wear 2.0 will supposedly allow fitness enthusiasts to track their activity without having to bring their phones with them with an update that will add geolocation as a feature of Android Wear. Nonetheless, Android Wear 2.0’s geolocation will only work on devices that have GPS built-in, so if you sport a watch that doesn’t, the update won’t help you in this area. Another anticipated change in Android Wear 2.0 will be that Google will allow developers to create new watch faces with built-in features like weather, stock prices, sports scores and different kinds of notifications.
Many newly announced wearable devices like Motorola’s Moto 360, Sony’s SmartWatch 3, Asus’ ZenWatch and LG’s G Watch R will supposedly run on Android Wear, which will make the update even more important in the next month, because the new smartwatches will surely fly off shelves and many customers will surely appreciate having an improved UI on their newly acquired devices.
Google hasn’t offered us much information about Android Wear 2.0 and the release date hasn’t been confirmed yet, but the company promises to add features and functions to the OS that will enhance user experience and improve overall gadget performance, so we’re eager to hear more about what they have in mind for Android Wear 2.0.
With Apple’s new iWatch coming up alongside its iOS 8, it was only natural that Google buckle up and head for the top with its very own wearable operating system, transforming it and optimizing it so that it won’t be an easy feat to defeat its features.