After being delayed by a few months, the Android Wear 2.0 update is finally making it’s way to the Asus ZenWatch 3.
Google made a few announcements at their I/O 2017 keynote about Android, VR/AR, YouTube, Google Assistant and more.
And if you missed the keynote, here it is:
Google has (quietly) released the LG Watch Style in the Canadian Google Store, just a few short months after it first launched in the US.
After a few leaks, Google and LG’s smartwatch collaboration was finally announced. Together they have revealed the first two watches that will be running Android Wear 2.0, the Watch Style and Watch Sport.
To give you a better overview about the new update, Google released this video.
With launch of Android Wear 2.0 imminent (on February 9th), it’s about time we see leaks about what the first smartwatches running the new update will look that.
Android Wear smartwatches have been around for almost three years now, and even though they haven’t been as popular as the Apple Watch but nonetheless, they’re still on par with it.
Smartwatches running Android Wear come in all shapes and sizes and even luxury watch brands such as Michael Kors are creating their own Android Wear smartwatches with their take (aside from the software, which remains the same on all Android Wear watches)
Google made quite a few announcements during their I/O 2016 keynote. From a new way to talk to Google to an Amazon Echo competitor called Google Home and of course a looking at upcoming versions of Android and Android Wear.
For those who might have missed the keynote:
Google also had the keynote available in 360 video:
Google first introduced the world to Android Wear, back in March 2014. At that same time, Google also announced teased some of the smartwatches that would be coming running their new software platform, one of those was the original Moto 360.
It was the first real smartwatch with a round display. It was significant because most standard watches are round and that what was Motorola was trying to go after.
Today (January 7th, 2016) is the second official day of CES 2016 and there were still a few announcements that were made but not as many as the past few days.
The Motorola brand for smartphones will soon be a thing of the past.
Google has announced today that Android Wear is officially supported on the iPhone. The software platform allows you to get notifications with a quick glance, track your workouts and fitness goals all from your smartwatch.
Get your info at a glance: Check important info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favourite apps. Android Wear features always-on displays, so you’ll never have to move your wrist to wake up your watch.
Follow your fitness: Set fitness goals, and get daily and weekly views of your progress. Your watch automatically tracks walking and running, and even measures your heart rate.
Save time with smart help: Receive timely tips like when to leave for appointments, current traffic info, and flight status. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions like “Is it going to rain in London tomorrow?” or create to-dos with “Remind me to pack an umbrella.”
From this point forward, all Android Wear watches with have iPhone support built-in. But for now, the only Android Wear watch that support the iPhone officially is the LG Watch Urbane. Although some people (like The Verge) have gotten older Android Wear devices like the Moto 360 to work on their iPhone.
Google has also confirmed that the upcoming watches from Huawei, ASUS and Motorola will have iPhone support.
The Android Wear for iOS app (and yes, some how Google got their app approved through Apple’s App Store with Android in the name intact) should be available to download now. You can find it here: Android Wear for iOS. It works with the iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6 or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2 or later.