Final Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview brings iOS support and NFC HCE for Android Pay

Google has officially released the final version of the Developer Preview for Android Wear 2.0 which brings a number of new tools to help developers with their apps and more.

We now know that Google will begin to roll out the stable release of Android Wear 2.0 on February 9. This is the same say we expect to hear about a pair of new smartwatches from Google and LG, Watch Style and Watch Sport. New Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches are said to go up for order shortly after the update rolls out publicly, making sense that Google wants to be first. One that we know of is the Casio WSD-F20, which was unveiled during CES 2017. Some older generation smartwatches such as the Huawei Watch, second gen Moto 360, LG Watch Urbane 2, and others are also said to receive the update shortly upon its arrival.

The final Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview is now live. Most of the features present in the software are familiar from earlier previews, but has received some bug fixes and further polishing. However, there are some notes we should make about this version first being that it brings support for select Apple iOS devices. Additionally, Google has added NFC Host Card Emulation, which will hopefully in turn bring the rumored Android Pay support to comparable smartwatches with the required hardware.

The smartwatch market had a rough last year due to falling sales. Motorola and others announced that they might go away with the platform and instead create software of their own if possible. This lead many into doubting the future of Google’s Android Wear platform. All of a sudden, it now seems that hope has been revived for a comeback in 2017 as Google seems to be taking Wear more seriously. The many updates and improvements made in Android Wear 2.0 over such an expanded period of time indicate that the company is looking into the causes of failure in previous versions. We sure hope this turns out true, as we are open and excited about the potential Android Wear 2.0 may hold.

Download and test the final Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview -> [Click Here]

SOURCE [Android Developers]

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Doug Demagistris is the Founder and current Editor In Chief of Droid Turf. He grew up in New York and now attends Bryant University where he is studying marketing and communication. He has been and always will be a Google enthusiast thanks to Android’s customization, flat design and exceptional integration with various Google services. Currently, Doug uses a Pixel 2 XL as his daily driver for its unique design, powerful hardware, exceptional camera, and stock experience. For shorter instances, he’ll glance at his Huawei Watch. And for more productive work, you’ll find him typing away on his Pixelbook. Doug is hopeful his productivity will make lives easier, more meaningful and help down the road.