Those eager to get their hands on the next iteration of Google’s wearable operating system will have to wait a little longer. It turns out that Android Wear 2.0 is being delayed until 2017, mostly due to the Developer Preview period being extended.
Android Wear 2.0 was announced at Google’s I/O developer conference back in May, and was expected to be made available by the end of 2016. There was no explanation for why the developer preview is being extended, but it is likely to iron out a few extra bugs in the system.
In similar news, Android Wear 2.0 is receiving its own Play Store; and will allow developers to publish apps solely for wearables. The Android Wear 2.0 version of Google Play is being designed to function in the same way as the smartphone and tablet app. Albeit, on a substantially smaller display.
Google is saying that this was to make it easier for people to discover wearable only apps. A feature that developers and Android Wear users have supposedly been asking for all this while.
Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 3 is currently available for download, and Google is promising that Developer Preview 4 will be coming along shortly. It goes without saying that this preview is for developers and is certainly not for regular users to mess around with.
[Source: Android Developer Blog]