Google announced one of their largest updates for Android Wear at Google I/O in May with Android Wear 2.0 – based on Android Nougat – coming to watches later this year. The update will bring standalone apps, a massive Google Fit update and an update to watch faces which will let you mix and mix complications on your favourite Android Wear watch face.
The biggest question we’re getting every time we post news about an Android Wear watch face though is ‘Will X get the Android Wear 2.0 update’? Thankfully, reddit user konrad-iturbehas taken the time to compile a list of devices in line for the update based on publicly available tweets, spec pages and more showing the state of which company will be updating their watches to Android Wear 2.0. Take some of the responses with a grain of salt as they’re from the social media team who may not always have the latest information available:
- Huawei Watch: YES, Developer Preview available
- LG G Watch SQUARE: NO confirmed by LG USA twitter LG G Watch R ROUND: YES, confirmed by several LG microsites: UK
- LG G Watch Urbane ROUND: YES, confirmed by spanish LG microsite
- LG G Watch Urbane 2gen LTE: YES, Developer Preview available
- ASUS ZenWatch 1: UNCONFIRMED, No button on the side, probably no wear 2.0
- ASUS ZenWatch 2: PROBABLY, the Android developer site has an image of the ASUS ZenWatch 2 with Wear 2.0
- Moto 360 v1: NO, got a reply from Motorola, it's up to Google
- Moto 360 v2: PROBABLY, as seen on the Android Developer page
- Moto 360 Sport: UNCONFIRMED
- Sony SmartWatch 3: UNCONFIRMED, based on this tweet:
@konrad_it We can’t comment on upgrades for further products at this time – please stay tuned for the latest information.
— Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) May 25, 2016
- Fossil Q Founder: UNCONFIRMED, waiting for reply from Fossil
- Samsung Gear Live: UNCONFIRMED, twitter reply: they cannot speculate, full text
— Samsung Support USA (@SamsungSupport) May 25, 2016
- Tag Heuer Connected: YES based on this tweet:
@shanelord Certainly. Any update of the Android Wear system will be also available on the TAG Heuer Connected Watch. Thanks & take care!
— TAG Heuer (@TAGHeuer) May 26, 2016
- Casio WSD F10: Unconfirmed
It’s a long list, but it’s a fairly comprehensive one. There’s two watches not on the list, the previously announced Nixon Mission and Michale Kors smartwatches. Both are due for release ‘later this year’ and it’s entirely possible that they are holding back the launch to launch with Android Wear 2.0 later this year – this is pure speculation on my part.
The results are inconclusive for the most part and this is thanks to the companies themselves being rather coy about whether the watches will get updates. Google said at Google I/O that they are working with each partner to see if they can bring the update to the already released watches so nothing is gospel until something official is announced by the companies themselves.
Have you seen anything that debunks the information on this list? Let us know.