Monday, 16 October, 2017

Google to deliver faster Android Wear updates from PlayStore

New Android Wear 2.0 features can now be delivered through the Play Store, no OTA required Google will deliver more timely Android Wear 2.0 updates via Play Store, no OTAs needed
Theresa Hayes | 11 October, 2017, 16:23

Google Android Wear 2.0 will get updates via the Play Store itself. A new post from the company says Android Wear 2.0 is getting some updates and features, though there's no word on when the next version of the platform will launch.

In a move to boost the less popular Android Wear platform, Google has announced the rollout of small updates and patches to supported wearables via the Google PlayStore.

The post adds, "the aim is to publish more timely improvements between OTAs".

The company made use of this feature for the first time last week, when it rolled out a range of improvements to Android Wear. Certainly, its delayed roll-out didn't help much either, but now Google hopes to make it up to Wear users by delivering faster and more frequent updates. It brought 3rd party chat app support in Contacts, reduced accidental entry into the watch face picker, improved Play Store discoverability and more. This enables Google to quickly push new features to Android Wear owners without requiring a full upgrade to the operating system as a whole. Watches were conspicuously absent from Google's big hardware event last week, and the Google Store site refresh has removed all non-Google products, including LG's recently released Android Wear watches.

Android Wear was an ambitious project by Google and its level of success seems to vary depending on who you ask.