Following a major delay at the end of last year, Google may finally be ready to launch Android Wear 2.0 early next month, according to a notice sent to developers. Google hasn’t officially announced the news but the search giant previously said the update, which was introduced at I/O last May, would be out at the beginning of this year.
The notice gets straight to the point. Here it is in part:
Hello Google Play Developer,
Android Wear 2.0 is launching in early February 2017. It includes a new on-watch Play Store to help users discover apps right on their wrist.
The notice basically tells developers to update their app so it’s compatible with the newest update, otherwise it won’t be searchable in the on-watch Play Store.
Does this mean Google’s watches will launch soon?
Back in December, Google confirmed it would be launching two Android Wear devices in the first quarter of 2017. According to Jeff Change, product manager of Android Wear at Google, the devices won’t have Google or Pixel branding, but instead feature the branding of the manufacturer that made them. It’s unclear, however, which company Google partnered with to make the Android Wear devices.
The document sent to developers doesn’t specify a final release date, so all we have to go on is “early February 2017.” Seeing as Google is reaching out to developers about the update’s imminent arrival, chances are the search giant will share more official details soon.