Google delays Android Wear 2.0 release to 2017

Since Android Wear 2.0’s unveiling in May, Google has been relatively quiet about when the final version would be available. Fans were originally told to expect a release this fall, but Google on Thursday revealed we’ll actually have to wait a bit longer until the final version is available.

The good news is that a new Developer Preview is out, giving Android Wear users access to the Play Store app. The new addition will make it easy for users to find and install apps directly on the watch, which is one of Android Wear 2.0’s biggest new features. Google says that having a “on-watch store” makes app discovery easier, and was often requested by developers.

Google says that users can browse recommended apps, search for apps using voice, keyboard, and handwriting, and even download alpha and beta tests. The coolest part, according to Google, is that users can download apps on their watch but not on their phone; phone apps aren’t necessary.

You can see what new features are available in Developer Preview 3 by hitting the source link below. There will likely be one more preview release before the final version hits sometime early next year.

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