After announcing it at I/O 2016, Google is finally launching Android Wear 2.0, a major revamp that’s meant to breathe new life into the company’s smartwatch platform. The release — which was delayed several months so Google could fine-tune the software — has had five developer previews since May, all of which were only compatible with the Huawei Watch and the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. Many manufacturers decided to hold off on debuting a new smartwatch until Google released the update, which is partly why there were few new smartwatches last year.
This year looks to be different, though. February saw the release of the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport, the first two smartwatches designed in close collaboration with Google to run Android Wear 2.0, much like the company’s Nexus devices. Many other watches have been announced since then, such as the Huawei Watch 2, Casio’s WSD-F20, Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45, and more.
But not everyone can afford to purchase a new smartwatch. When can we expect the update to roll out on existing smartwatches? Read on to find out.
Which watches get the update?
All new smartwatches going forward will launch with Android Wear 2.0, such as the Huawei Watch 2, and a number of older watches are slated to get an update.
It won’t be right away, though. According to Google, a bug in final testing has delayed the update. “We will push the update to [the remaining] devices as soon as the issue is resolved,” a company spokesperson said in March.
Still, Android Wear 2.0 continues to trickle out. Here’s a list of the older watches that are getting it.
Watches that have received the update
- LG Watch R
- LG Watch Urbane
- Fossil Q Founder
- Fossil Q Marshall
- Fossil Q Wander
Fossil updated its portfolio of smartwatches to Android Wear 2.0 beginning in mid-March.
- Tag Heuer Connected
- Casio WSD-F10
- Nixon Mission
- Polar M600
- Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
- Michael Kors Access Dylan
Watches that will receive the update later this year
- Moto 360 2nd Gen
- Moto 360 for Women
- Moto 360 Sport
We’ve reached out to Lenovo about the timing of its Android Wear 2.0 updates.
- Asus ZenWatch 2
- Asus ZenWatch 3
Asus told Digital Trends that its smartwatches will be updated to Android Wear 2.0 in the second quarter of 2017.
- LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
- Huawei Watch
- New Balance RunIQ
Polar said that its high-end Android Wear watch, the M600, will receive Android Wear 2.0 in the spring. The update will also pack Polar-specific features, like a swim-tracking mode that will measure metrics such as distance, pace, strokes per minute, stroke length, and strokes per pool length. It will even tout support for additional languages, a newly designed interface, and boost battery life to 36 hours.