Android Wear 2.0 delayed, developer preview update allows watch-only apps
The developer preview program for Android Wear 2.0 has been extended through early next year. Why? We don’t know. Android won’t tell us.
But it did release Developer Preview 3 for users to load up on and there’s one big feature that’s got everyone excited: the Play Store is now navigable on Android Wear watches.
Not only will it be much less of a hassle to look up and download apps as you need them without pulling out your phone — more importantly, this update allows developers to only develop and publish Wear apps. No phone companion needed! It saves developers time and gets more of them into the fold who would otherwise be detracted from that extra coding.
Other features include a new menu orientation, revised inline action and Smart Replay UI and detailed complication permission prompts.
If you want a piece of the action, well, you may be out of luck unless you have the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition or the Huawei Watch. The latest Android Wear images are available for the two wearables at our second source link. You’ll then need to join the Wear 2.0 preview Google Group and opt-in to downloading the beta Android Wear app for your phone.
Of course, what we’d like to see is Android Wear 2.0 already on next year’s products from Huawei, Motorola and LG. Maybe the dearth of new watches and this new development go hand-in-hand? Whatever the case, this 2.0 update has been in the wings for a few months now with rumblings of its features all the way back last year.