Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Android Wear 2.0 Features Can Now Be Delivered via Google Play

Android Wear 2.0 Features Can Now Be Delivered via Google Play

However, Google has still been working on the platform lately and, in a message on the Android Wear developers page on Google+ (via Android Police), Google's Hoi Lam detailed a significant change to the way the team is now handling its updates. This strategy was also adopted for Android a few years ago and has delivered positive results for the Search giant since then.

According to Lam, upcoming Android Wear 2.0 features will be served up to users via the Play Store rather than via OTA updates. What this will guarantee that people get them as soon as they are launched and on top of that it won't frustrate users who might leave the Android wear platform in favor of Apple's just for getting sluggish updates. Unfortunately, Android Wear has failed to cultivate true interest since its 2.0 release in February. It brought 3rd party chat app support in Contacts, reduced accidental entry into the watch face picker, improved Play Store discoverability and more. Updating the Android Wear app on your device will be enough for certain improvements to be delivered, and this was done for the first time last week. Days before the hardware launch event, Google announced a new Android Wear beta program for Oreo that would start with the LG Watch Sport.

Lam also says to expect more updates in the coming months, and hopefully, they will be more consistent.

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