Android Wear 2.0 is not for everyone

Older devices, such as the original Moto 360, won't get the major update
Android Wear 2.0 is not for everyone

Android Wear is a manufacturer agnostic platform, with the same OS spread across an array of different branded smartwatches, right? Wrong.

The news is that the big Android Wear 2.0 update, due to start hitting Google-powered smartwatches later this year, won't be available on the full wearable range. It's older devices like the original Moto 360 and the LG G Watch that will miss out.

That's not entirely surprising, given both watches were announced more than two years ago – Google usually stops updating its Nexus phones and tablets after a similar time period – and both have been succeeded by multiple sequels.

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But it is the first major deviation away from the Android Wear philosophy of a controlled experience for all. Sure, updated features in the past such as Wi-Fi connectivity have failed to arrive on certain smartwatches but those omissions were usually down to hardware limitations.

This is Google splitting the ecosystem and effectively telling early Wear adopters to upgrade.

From a tech point of view, it's pretty much accepted that people will upgrade their devices on a frequent basis, but folks do tend to hold on to watches for years (or even generations).

Android Wear 2.0 was announced at Google I/O last month and will focus on the watch faces, messaging and fitness. It adds standalone apps to the mix for the first time and the Google Now cards UI have been totally revamped, with a much more Material design applied to the smartwatch platform.

Are you the owner of an older Android Wear smartwatch? Are you annoyed that you probably won't get the new Android Wear 2.0 goodies? Let us know using the comments below, or hop over to the Wareable Forum to join the discussion.


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  • pawces says:

    IMO, it's too early for Android Wear to start leaving devices behind. Unlike the smartphone arena where we get a new release every year, smartwatches should have a longer life-span, simply because people generally expect a watch to last more than a couple years, or at least longer than their smartphone.If it was already a challenge to get dumbwatch-wearing masses to get into smartwatches, requiring users to upgrade their smartwatch as often as they do their smartphones is, well, not very smart. Google is expecting early adopters to upgrade their hardware on a platform that is not even mature. My guess is most early adopters realize they made a mistake in getting into AW on the onset, and will wait for it to really be a thing (maybe 3-4 years later?) before buying their next smartwatch, and even those looking into it now will hold off to make sure they get a device that is relatively future-proof... thus resulting in a sophomore slump for Android Wear that may well be it's demise. 

  • MichaelArnone1 says:

    what are the odds that the zenwatch 2's speaker will activate for iphone users?

  • callmethebadguy says:

    I'm not disappointed my first generation Moto 360 is not getting the latest Android upgrade.  The watch is old and clunky and it's time to upgrade.

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