Published: Sun, December 25, 2016
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

Two Nexus-like smartwatches set to lead Android Wear in 2017

Two Nexus-like smartwatches set to lead Android Wear in 2017

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is doubling down on smartwatches, planning to launch a new line next year.

Jeff Chang, Android Wear's product manager, says Google will release two smartwatches running Android 2.0 within the first quarter of 2017, reports The Verge.

Two reports from a few months ago claimed that Google was working on two high-end smartwatches of its own, which were supposed to debut alongside the Android Wear 2.0 release this year.

Interestingly, the watches will be manufactured and branded by a third party. According to tech market analysts, this might be as part of a larger effort to convince consumers that smartwatches and other wearables are still in demand. This in turn will make Android Wear more popular.

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As soon as the new Google wearables are out, expect the Android Wear 2.0 to roll out to other supported devices. Watches without NFC, for example, likely won't get Android Pay access.

Google Android Wear director David Singleton announces Androidwear updates during the 2015 Google I/O conference on May 28, 2015 in San Francisco, California. It is expected to be compatible with Android Pay and Google Assistant.

Google has confirmed that it would launch two wearables in the Q1 next year. He didn't specifically name the manufacturer but said that the company has previously released Android Wear devices.

Hopefully, Google's upcoming smartwatches will alleviate some of the pain points that are causing the smartwatch industry as a whole to stagnate. Google Smartwatch will also work with iOS devices. He does note that it's a company which has made Wear devices in the past. They will be branded by the company that is manufacturing them. Although there are differences between Wear 2.0 on iOS and Android, for the two platforms, Android Pay would work. These new devices will be the first to receive the Android Wear 2.0 operating system and the new features that come along with it. The company's new Android Wear platform may be able to take care numerous issues users had been complaining about - including Android Pay, enhanced iOS compatibility, standalone applications and Google's voice assistant.

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