Google announced at its 2016 I/O meeting that it would bring standalone apps to Android Wear 2.0, which looks to be the largest update since the commencement of Google's wearables platform in 2014. We've even heard a rumor that Android Wear 2.0 will have Google Play Store access on-watch for AW watch wearers, though there was little to confirm that. Well, thanks to Google, we now have some confirmation about an Android Wear 2.0 arrival date as well as a key feature of the promised update.
First, let's get to the Android Wear 2.0 arrival date. Google is sending developers an email with the following words: "Hello Google Play Developer, Android Wear 2.0 is launching in early February 2017." There you have it; Android Wear 2.0 will land in early February, which is next month. This means that anxious Android Wear users won't have to wait too long before primetime arrives. Google had delayed the launch of its major update last Fall, but it seems as though the update is finally ready for rollout in a matter of weeks.
Next, Google has not only given an arrival date timeframe, but the search engine giant has also confirmed a key feature of the Android Wear 2.0 update: "It [Android Wear 2.0] includes a new on-watch Play Store to help users discover apps right on their wrist." In other words, the on-watch Play Store is really happening. Users will get to download apps from the wrist instead of from their smartphone screens.
Of course, Google is writing developers to instruct them on what they need to do to make their apps available in the on-watch Play Store, so that explains the purpose behind the email (Google doesn't just drop emails for emails' sake). And yet, at the same time, it's phenomenal that we get a sneak peek into what we can expect in a few weeks. You can find Google's developer email below.
So, with that said, Android Wear fans, sit tight. The best is yet to come.
To prepare for Android Wear 2.0, check this official eligibility list to see to get wrist-ready.