Android Wear 2.0 will finally launch in early February

Android Wear 2.0 was supposed to launch last fall, but Google delayed its mobile operating system for reasons the tech giant still has not fully revealed.

It’s believed that negative feedback from the final preview developer build forced the company to hold back Android Wear 2.0’s release. Now, however, a recent notice sent out to developers indicates that Wear 2.0 will launch at some point in the next few weeks.

The notice was specifically sent out to developers with apps using Wear’s legacy APK installation mechanism. Wear 2.0 features an on-watch Play Store with support for standalone application that don’t require a phone companion app. Apps that have not been updated with new support will not show up in the Wear 2.0 store when it launches, according to the email sent to developers.

A specific release date for Android Wear 2.0 is still unclear, but it looks like the operating system will finally land at some point in February.

With the hype behind wearables slowly dying out and Pebble, the original smartwatch company, being acquired by Fitbit, many assumed that Google could have plans to abandon smartwatches altogether, however, for the immediate future that doesn’t seem to be the case.