Bad news for Android Wear users.
Android Wear 2.0 was introduced earlier this year and it featured more than a dozen improvements and new enhancements. And while Google scheduled the release of this fall, they’re now moving it to an early 2017 rollout date.
Citing ‘quality requirements’ as one of the reasons for the delays, though some are speculating that hardware delays may also be the cause, considering that major Android Wear manufacturers like LG, Huawei and Motorola won’t be releasing new models this year.
The news comes as Google is rolling out the third Developer Preview of Android Wear 2.0, which now includes the Play Store readily accessible – this means that future smartwatches could install native apps and be less dependent on a smartphone.
The current developer beta is only available on the Huawei Watch and the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. Android Wear 2.0 is scheduled to be released to the rest of supported smartwatches by early 2017.