21 December 2017
Google has quietly removed the Android Wear section from the Google Play Store yesterday.
The company which had a huge launch event for Pixel phones, Daydream View VR Headset, Google Home Max smart speakers, and Pixelbook earlier this week, didn't launch any new Android wear devices which is quite surprising. Now users looking to buy LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style are being met with a "no longer available" sign.
This isn’t the same as the “out of stock” listing, which would mean that the wearables will make it back to the Store again. It looks like the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style (Google’s smartwatch pair) may not be coming back at all. The LG Watch Sport and Watch Style are still available across different online stores.
According to Hoi Lam, staff developer advocate on Google's wearables, Google has made a decision to only stock its own hardware.
"Our team knew the plan for a year now and invested in custom storefronts with online retailers," he added.
Google has recently released its first Android Oreo beta for Wear, so Android Wear is not dead. However, it seems Google is not focussed on the platform as it was earlier.
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