Android Wear 2.0: Update guarantees iPhone users access to key apps including Uber and Strava

The latest version of Google's operating system for wearables has been announced

Aatif Sulleyman
Thursday 09 February 2017 13:19
Comments
Android Wear 2.0 is currently exclusive to the brand new LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, but will roll out to older devices “soon”
Android Wear 2.0 is currently exclusive to the brand new LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, but will roll out to older devices “soon”

Google has announced Android Wear 2.0, the latest version of the company’s operating system for wearables.

The software brings a number of new features and performance improvements, but one of the most significant is standalone apps.

Users will finally be able to search for apps and download them from Google Play directly on a smartwatch, rather than through a smartphone, as long as it's connected to the web via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or LTE.

This should dramatically improve the Android Wear experience for iPhone users, who can't access the Play store via iOS.

Google has confirmed that the following apps are in line for the standalone treatment:

  • AccuWeather
  • Android Pay
  • Bring!
  • Foursquare
  • Google Fit
  • Google Messenger
  • Google Play Music
  • Lifesum
  • Robinhood
  • Runkeeper
  • Runtastic
  • Strava
  • Telegram
  • Uber

Android Wear 2.0 has also been treated to a darker look, smaller card notifications, a wider range of fitness challenges and support for Android Pay and Google Assistant, which gives users greater control of their smartwatch through voice commands.

The software is currently exclusive to the brand new LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, but will roll out to a selection of older Android Wear devices “soon”.

Google says the following smartwatches will receive the Android Wear 2.0 update:

  • ASUS ZenWatch 2 & 3

  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch

  • Casio PRO TREK Smart

  • Fossil Q Founder

  • Fossil Q Marshal

  • Fossil Q Wander

  • Huawei Watch

  • LG G Watch R

  • LG Watch Urbane & 2nd Edition LTE

  • Michael Kors Access Smartwatches

  • ​Moto 360 2nd Gen

  • Moto 360 for Women

  • Moto 360 Sport

  • New Balance RunIQ

  • ​Nixon Mission

  • Polar M600

  • ​TAG Heuer Connected

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in