All major tech and electronics companies are offering their own versions of smart watches including Samsung, Apple and now Google. This link says that Google will be offering two new models of smartwatches in the coming 2017. Both the smartwatches will be running Android Wear 2.0 – a smartwatch operating system version of Android.
In an interview with The Verge the product manager of Android Wear at Google, Jeff Chang, revealed that the new smartwatches will be the flagship Android Wear 2.0 devices and they will be the first ones to launch with the new platform.
Expectedly Google won’t be working on product development on its own – it will be partnering with the third-party vendor, though, which company will be used for building the smartwatches hasn’t yet been revealed. The smartwatches will not also be branded as Google or Pixel products; they will be branded by the company manufacturing them. Maybe it will be like the conventional Android operating system where the core operating system and features like Google Pay and Google Assistant are provided by Google but the hardware is provided by someone else. For example, a Samsung or an HTC phone running on Android.
The main features of the Android Wear 2.0-powered smartwatches will be, support for standalone apps that won’t need a smartphone to work with, Android Pay and Google’s voice -controlled assistant called Google Assistant.
Most of the current Android Wear smartwatches will be upgraded to the latest version of the operating system once it becomes available. Some of the currently available Android Wear smartwatches are LG Watch 2nd Edition LTE, Moto 360 Gen 2, LG Watch Urbane, Casio Smart Outdoor, Tag Heuer Connected and Huawei Watch (you can get the complete list of Android Wear smartwatches in the above The Verge link).
Do you own a smartwatch? What has been your experience?