12/01/2017 9:59 AM IST | Updated 12/01/2017 10:34 AM IST

Google To Launch Android Wear 2.0 Early Next Month

Google will introduce two new smartwatches in 2017.

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Google is finally waking up from its slumber as far as wearable devices go and launching the much-awaited Android Wear 2.0 update early next month. According to an Android Police report, the company has sent a notification to developers to push their Android Wear 2.0 apps on the dedicated Play Store.

One of the major features in Wear 2.0 is to enable standalone apps on the watch that don't need a smartphone's support. Additionally, Google has introduced an on-watch Play Store that will be available after the launch.

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The platform was initially meant to be launched in 2016 with the Pixel phones, but technical difficulties pushed the release to 2017.

Google has also confirmed that it is going to launch two new smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0 this year. The company has said that these smartwatches are going to be similar to Project Nexus, as a leading manufacturer who has produced watch hardware before is going to handle the production.

The year 2016 was a little dull for Android Wear-based smartwatches with very few models released as compared to the previous year. One major reason behind this was the lack of software update. This will be the first major update to the Android Wear platform, whereas Apple has already released two upgrades for Apple Watch in WatchOS 2 and WatchOS 3.