Android Wear 2.0 Reportedly Coming on October 15
The Apple Watch may not have found its way yet in the market (and won't until early next year), but the competition is already stepping up.
A report from Android Police, which was featured on Yahoo! News, cites a source saying the Android Wear 2.0 update is coming, and that it may be released as early as this October.
No Specific Features Revealed, But Many Improvements Coming
According to Android Police, the unnamed source revealed that an OTA update will be coming "on or around October 15th." No details about 2.0 have been leaked or confirmed by Google, but Yahoo! News cites a previous CNET interview where David Singleton, Google's Director of Engineering for Android Wear, said users can expect several Android Wear updates before the current year ends.
On the same week Singleton gave the interview, an update that improved voice action experience was released. BGR mentioned that Google will add Bluetooth and GPS support to Android Wear in future updates, which Yahoo! News think will be included in the Android Wear 2.0 update. The BGR report also states that Google will make it easier for developers to build watch faces for all Android Wear devices.
Release to Coincide with Android Wear Devices Launch
Android Police says they feel the rumored October 15 launch date is very credible, but does not cite their source. "Unfortunately, we can't publish the direct evidence for this rumor for a number of reasons," they write, "but we're very confident in the reliability of our source here."
If the report is true, the Android Wear 2.0 OTA update will coincide with the release of two highly anticipated Android Wear smartwatches, the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R. Yahoo! News says this puts Android Wear ahead of Apple, with a huge head start against the Apple Watch. While Google currently is controlling the updates, BGR states that Google may allow Android Wear software customizations in the future. The operating system for smartwatches may also be made compatible with other wearable devices, as BGR quoted Google saying they want their platform to work with any sensor technology.