Android Wear 2.0 could definitely help boost the wearable smart device industry. It already shifts the smart watches ever so close to becoming standalone devices, which will no longer rely on smartphones for instructions.

The Android Wear 2.0 has some great features such as easier navigation and input, customizable interfaces, independent apps, a better looking Google Fit, greater use of a device’s built-in sensors and the ability to send messages.

Why Google is Holding Back the Android Wear 2.0 Update
Why Google is Holding Back the Android Wear 2.0 Update

With all these features, it is no surprise that the smart watch community is waiting in anticipation for the release of the new software. However, they will have to wait a bit longer than expected. Google has withheld the Android Wear 2.0 update, just as it was nearing the end of its testing phase, from most of the devices currently in use.

This is to resolve some software issues it was facing, it is best to do so before it is made available to the masses. Only a few third party manufacturers and two of its own LG made smart watches, the Watch Style and Watch Sport, have been provided with the updates to the original Android Wear software.

In a statement made to 9to5google, it was stated that:

We have started rolling out the Android Wear 2.0 update to Fossil Q Founder, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10, and Tag Heuer Connected. For other devices, the update is currently being delayed due to a bug found in final testing. We will push the update to the remaining devices as soon as the issue is resolved.

Google has not told how long it will take it to resolve the bug and what the issue was is still unclear. Though there are upcoming smart watches with the new software, many still anticipate its full release to the general public.


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