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List of smartwatches getting the Android Wear 2.0 Update in coming months

Google‘s three-year-old Android Wear got its first major update yesterday which is termed as Android Wear 2.0. With this new revamped version, we have a couple of new features and a redesigned interface which all the Android Wear users were waiting for. Also, the new features which are introduced make the watch much more independent i.e. less reliant on smartphones to run which is always a good thing. The watches will now have a standalone Watch App store, and more importantly, the watch now supports both Android Pay as well as Google Assistant, which natively runs only on Pixel smartphones.

The Android Wear 2.0 was announced along with LG‘s new smartwatch offerings, the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style. These two smartwatches are the first ones to run on Google’s new Android Wear 2.0. However, if you own one of the older watches, then you will start getting the update later this month. Now do make a note that not all watches will get the update and even the watches which do get, won’t be updated at the same time by next month. Just like smartphone updates, this will be slowly pushed to everyone over time. And in fact, Google has clearly mentioned that the particular manufacturer of your watch is responsible for the update.

Having said that, here are the complete list of smartwatches that will be getting the Android Wear 2.0 update over the next few months –

  • Moto 360 2nd Gen (2015)
  • Moto 360 Sport
  • Huawei Watch
  • Asus ZenWatch 2
  • Asus ZenWatch 3
  • Fossil Q Founder
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • LG Watch R
  • LG Watch Urbane
  • LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
  • Michael Kors Access
  • TAG Heuer Connected Watch
  • New Balance RunIQ
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600
  • Casio PRO TREK Smart
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch

If you take a look at the list, it is not hard to figure out the fact that the watches launched back in the year 2014 like the Moto 360 1st Gen, ASUS ZenWatch, LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, & Sony‘s Smartwatch 3, etc. are not getting the update. Google previously mentioned that the decision of pushing the update for a particular watch is upto the hardware partners, hence, if someone is to be blamed here for these watches which are not getting the update, then it is manufacturers themselves.

However, in order to the get the best possible experience out of your Android Wear 2.0, it is suggested that you upgrade to a newer version since smartwatches have become better over time. With that said, let us know if you own of the watch listed above and if you are excited about the update. And stay tuned to PhoneRadar for info like this.

By Karthik Iyer on Thursday 9th of Feb 2017


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