Android 19 May
One of the biggest announcements Google made during their I/O conference is Android Wear 2.0. The latest version of Android Wear for smartwatches brings quite a notable feature. The latest capability of Android Wear will make your smartwatches independent and they will be able to work without the need of your connected or compatible smartphone.
With Android Wear 2.0, the smartwatches will be able to install the apps from the Play Store on their own. This means they will no longer depend on your connected smartphone for this task. Android Wear watches will use their WiFi (or LTE) connection to download the app directly from the Play Store. Hence, there will be no intervention of your smartphones.
Before this, we used to download an Android Wear app to the smartphone. Android Wear APK needed to be migrated over to your watch via Bluetooth. This was quite a long process and who will want such a procedure when the watches themselves can download the apps.
This change will be rolled out to every Android Wear smartwatch, but now, it is only available for selected Android Wear watches. However, Android Wear 2.0 isn't coming too soon.
Google during their I/O 2016 event called the Android Wear watches as standalone devices. Google said that with Android Wear 2.0, they are looking to leverage more of the Android code that’s present at the core of Android Wear.
Android Wear 2.0 will not launch until this fall and as Android N, it is also in its Developer’s Preview. So, we will receive more updates about the same.