Google in the present day launched the third developer preview of Android Wear 2.0, the following main model of its working system for smartwatches. On the identical time, although, the corporate additionally in the present day mentioned that it’ll proceed the preview program into early 2017.
Whereas Google by no means talked a couple of remaining launch date for Put on 2.0, its authentic schedule referred to as for about 30 weeks of alpha and beta testing, which might have put the discharge date someplace across the middle of December. Google, nonetheless, now says that it has gotten “tons of nice suggestions from the developer group about Android Put on 2.0” and that it’s “dedicated to enhance and iterate primarily based on them to make sure an ideal person expertise.” Due to this, the plan is to proceed the preview program into early 2017 at which period the primary watches will obtain the brand new model.
Google didn’t go into particulars concerning the form of suggestions it has obtained and why this implies the discharge date needed to be pushed again. It’s no secret, although, that we received’t see all that many new Android Put on watches come to market in the next few months. This in all probability places much more strain on Google to make the second model of its smartwatch OS successful. Outdoors of a small contingent of tech lovers, smartwatches nonetheless largely stay a novelty, in spite of everything.
The marquee characteristic of this launch is the launch of Google Play on Android Put on. The Play Retailer for Android Put on permits customers to put in apps instantly on the watch. With the two.Zero replace, watches don’t should be paired with a telephone, so customers will have the ability to merely use the Play Retailer on the net, discover apps they wish to set up to their watches and bypass their telephone utterly. Builders can now construct and publish these Android Put on 2.Zero apps and make them discoverable in Google Play.
With this replace, Google is also introducing various different new options it had already introduced at its I/O developer convention however hadn’t shipped in earlier previews. These embrace assist for good replies and a brand new API that enables customers to take actions on notifications proper from the notifications stream (which works equally to notifications in Android Nougat).