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. 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, 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.
The following devices have been confirmed as receiving the update.
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."
So these devices should be updating.
- Fossil Q Wander
- Fossil Q Marshal
- Fossil Q Founder
Android Wear 2.0: Casio
Casio confirmed that the WSD-F10 watch would be updated to Android Wear 2.0 in "spring".
- Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
Android Wear 2.0: Huawei
- 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.
- LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
- LG Watch Urbane
- LG G Watch R
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
There's nothing specific about these models, but as they are really Fossil watches, which are already being updated, we suspect it will be soon.
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.
Android Wear 2.0: Nixon
Google has confirmed the following watches will be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0, but there's no specific date. We've asked.
- Nixon Mission
Android Wear 2.0: Polar
Polar has confirmed that the M600 will be getting an update to Android Wear 2.0 update some time in the "next few months". 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.
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 the original Connected will be updated to Android Wear 2.0 at the end of March.