Last week, Google was said to have confirmed in an email to app developers that Android Wear 2.0 will be coming early February and if the latest information is anything to go by, the next version of wearables platform will be coming on February 9. Popular tipster Evan Blass has suggested that Android Wear 2.0 will be launched on that date.
In his tweet, posted on Tuesday, Blass said, “Mark your calendar: Android Wear 2.0 launches on February 9th.” As date suggested by Blass falls within the ‘early February’ timeline teased by the search giant, there is a very good chance that this turns out to be the official launch date for Android Wear 2.0.
The search giant recently advised developers whose apps are not compatible with Android Wear 2.0 to ensure that their applications are optimised for the next generation of its wearable OS before its launch. Google said that if developers don’t take the required action to optimise their applications, users will not be able to search and find their app in the on-watch Google Play app.
With Android Wear 2.0, the apps on the wearable device can directly access the Internet using Wi-Fi, cellular or Bluetooth connectivity, without having to go through its smartphone app, as was required earlier. “This means your app can continue to offer full functionality even if the paired phone is far away or turned off,” Google said in a statement when it showcased the OS at its I/O event last year.
Apart from this, the new version of the wearable OS brings along new input methods, and a revamped notification centre. Users will further be able to dismiss notifications by swiping them left or right, unlike earlier. Other changes in Android Wear 2.0 include messaging and fitness tracking features on the wearables.