Very much a work in progress when launched back in 2014, Android Wear gradually evolved and greatly matured since, thanks to a few rather large maintenance updates. In terms of game-changing new features, however, early wearable adopters were kept waiting longer than anticipated, with software version 2.0 unveiled last month and due to roll out to the masses come fall.
Unfortunately, it appears said “masses” will not include many first-gen smartwatch owners, as the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 have been confirmed to reach the end of the road when it comes to important UI makeovers.
LG actually came forward with the heart-breaking news on the heels of the Android Wear 2.0 introduction, while Motorola Support just tweeted the same thing in response to an eager Moto 360 (1st gen) user.
The situation of similarly aging devices like the Samsung Gear Live, Sony SmartWatch 3 or Asus ZenWatch remains unclear, but at least as far as the Gear Live is concerned, there’s reason to be equally pessimistic. On the bright side, standalone apps, smart replies, on-screen keyboards and the works should head out to the LG G Watch R, Urbane and Urbane 2nd gen, Asus ZenWatch 2, 2nd gen Moto 360, and Huawei Watch before long.