Google is getting ready to roll out Android Wear 2.0 to smartwatches, although getting exact dates on the update has been a real challenge.
Google has released three major updates to Android Wear in the past two years. In Android Wear 2.0, you can expect a design overhaul, standalone apps, improvements to watch faces, messaging, fitness and a whole lot more.
Information on when updates will land on existing devices has been in short supply: Google confirmed a whole range of watches that would get the update, but there's been almost no news from the companies themselves, although it has been confirmed that there's a slight delay.
We're pulling together as much information as we can find on exactly when these updates will be appearing on your existing smartwatches.
Android Wear 2.0: Release date
Google announced last spring that its wearables OS would soon get a massive update, in the form of Android Wear 2.0. The official announcement of Android Wear 2.0 was on 8 February 2017, launched alongside the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style.
For existing devices, Google is releasing the software to manufacturers on 15 February. This will need to be tested by individual companies before it is sent as an over-the-air update.
However, it now appears that there's a bug in AW2.0 that Google is addressing, having confirmed to Wareable on 30 March that there are some problems to be ironed out: "We have started rolling out the Android Wear 2.0 update to Fossil Q Founder, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10 and Tag Heuer Connected. For other devices, the update is currently being delayed due to a bug found in final testing. We will push the update to the remaining devices as soon as the issue is resolved."
Some progress has been made, with Google then reporting soon after that another set of watches were being updated.
The following devices have been confirmed as receiving the update and we're updating the details as companies tell us more.
Android Wear 2.0: Asus
Asus has said that the Android Wear 2.0 update won't be landing until "early Q2" 2017:
- Asus ZenWatch 2
- Asus ZenWatch 3
Android Wear 2.0: Fossil
Fossil confirmed in a press statement on 15 March 2017: "Android Wear 2.0 is coming to Fossil touchscreen display smartwatches ... This launch will start rolling out onto Fossil Q Wander, Q Marshal, and Q Founder 2.0 today."
It looks as though it's the G Founder first in line for the update, as the others will be waiting for a bug to be corrected, however Google has said that the Q Founder roll-out should be completed by 4 April, before then saying that the Q Wander and Q Marshal are now set to update.
So that's the:
- Fossil Q Founder
- Fossil Q Wander
- Fossil Q Marshal
That should be updating.
Android Wear 2.0: Casio
Casio confirmed that the WSD-F10 watch would be updated to Android Wear 2.0 in "spring". As confirmed by Google the Casio WSD-F10 should have the update by 4 April. The new Casio WSD-F20 will have AW2.0 at launch.
- Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
Android Wear 2.0: Huawei
Huawei has confirmed on Twitter that it's expecting to push the update to 2.0 in late March, and users are reporting the update arriving on devices from 17 March. That may have stopped because of the reported bug.
- Huawei Watch
- Huawei Watch Ladies
Android Wear 2.0: LG
Google has confirmed the following watches will be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0, but so far there's no word on when that will happen. We've asked, we've heard nothing.
- LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
- LG Watch Urbane
- LG G Watch R
On 10 April, LG confirmed it began rolling out Android Wear 2.0 for the following models:
- LG G Watch R
- LG Watch Urbane
- LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition
Android Wear 2.0: Michael Kors
Google has confirmed the following watches will be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0.
- Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch
- Michael Kors Access Dylan Smartwatch
Google has confirmed that the update for Kors Access is going ahead.
Android Wear 2.0: Motorola
Google confirmed the following watches will be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0:
- Moto 360 Gen 2
- Moto 360 Sport
Motorola, sadly, is giving nothing away, just saying "We don't have exact dates, but we're working to roll it out to all eligible devices globally as quickly as possible."
Android Wear 2.0: New Balance
New Balance confirmed to us that the Android Wear 2.0 update for the RunIQ watch will be available sometime around 27 March. We have a New Balance RunIQ in the office, it hasn't updated.
Android Wear 2.0: Nixon
Nixon has confirmed that there will be a range of other software improvements that come with the update to 2.0. Google has also said that this watch should now be getting the update, confirmed on Nixon's website.
- Nixon Mission
Android Wear 2.0: Polar
Polar is saying that the M600 update is starting from 30 March, according to official replies to questions on Twitter. You should get a notification for the update. In addition to the overhaul presented by Android Wear, the update will also include improved swim tracking, with the ability to detect the stroke you're using.
Google has confirmed that the update for the M600 is going ahead, but we've yet to get it on our model yet.
Android Wear 2.0: Sony
After much speculation of "will it, won't it?", Sony has confirmed that Android Wear 2.0 will not be made available for the Sony Smartwatch 3. On the Smartwatch 3's product page, it says it can only support up to Android Wear 1.5. If you're a Smartwatch 3 owner and were hoping for Android Wear 2.0, you can sign a petition to try and convince Sony and Google to change their minds.
Android Wear 2.0: Tag Heuer
Tag Heuer has confirmed that it is now rolling out the Android Wear 2.0 update to the original Connected watch. The update will bring several of the features currently found on the recently released Connected Modular 45, including 30 digital faces and direct access to the Play Store.