Android Wear is the most commonly used OS for smartwatch manufacturers and Google is on the verge of releasing their 2nd generation of the platform sometime in early 2017. When the new version drops in early 2017, the company is expected to launch two new flagship smartwatch models which will be the first devices supported on Android Wear 2.0.
From there, select watches (listed below) that run the original version will have 2.0 updates rolled out although the exact timing of support for these devices isn't announced yet:
- Moto 360 Gen 2
- Moto 360 Sport
- LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
- LG Watch Urbane
- LG G Watch R
- Polar M600
- Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
- Nixon Mission
- Tag Heuer Connected
- Fossil Q Wander
- Fossil Q Marshal
- Fossil Q Founder
- Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch
- Michael Kors Access Dylan Smartwatch
- Huawei Watch
- Huawei Watch Ladies
- Asus ZenWatch 2
- Asus ZenWatch 3
Sources confirmed that Android Pay would make its way to all devices running Android Wear 2.0 and that these mobile payments will also work with iOS devices.
While this is exciting news, Google has confirmed to The Verge that these flagship wearables will not be branded under the Google or Pixel line. However, they did not discount the potential of Pixel models down the road yet the timing did not work out in this case.
Source: The Verge
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