Android Wear 2.0 Features Can Now Be Delivered via Google Play


Until now, Android Wear users had to download a firmware update, delivered by OEMS, if they wished to get new features from the company. Watches were conspicuously absent from Google's big hardware event last week, and the Google Store site refresh has removed all non-Google products, including LG's recently released Android Wear watches. This is part of a trend we have been seeing more of in the past couple of years with Android smartphone manufacturers creating individual Play Store versions of apps usually baked into their own UIs. The new update brings the device up to API level 26 and introduces features such as the new background restrictions and notification channels. Googler Hoi Lam took to Google+ yesterday to share some new information about future updates to Android Wear 2.0.

This can be likened to how Google pushes out new features to over a billion smartphones and tablets with updates to Google Play Services.

In a Google Plus post, which was shared by moderator Hoi Lam on the Android Wear Developers community page, there is a list of updates for the wearables platform.

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The company made use of this feature for the first time last week, when it rolled out a range of improvements to Android Wear.

Google said that more such updates would be coming in the next few months giving some much-needed relief to fans of the platform, reiterating Google's interest in the platform.