Rumor: Android Wear 2.0 Now Set to Launch on Feb 8th

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A rumor coming out of Evleaks notes that the launch of Android Wear 2.0 has moved up to February 8th. That's just a day ahead of the formerly reported launch. According to Evleaks, both the LG watches that have been leaking recently are going to be launching that same day. The LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style are said to be the first smartwatches launching with Android Wear 2.0. Of course, they won't be the only smartwatches with the updated version Android Wear, as Google will be pushing it out to a number of other smartwatches that are on the market.

The LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style are pretty similar, but of course the Watch Sport is more of a sporty smartwatch and it also is rumored to be priced at $249. The LG Watch Style is a bit more high-end looking, but it does also feature NFC and LTE connectivity. Allowing you to use the smartwatch without it being paired to your smartphone. Additionally, with NFC connectivity, users will be able to use their smartwatch for Android Pay. Similar to the Gear S3 and Samsung Pay, for those with that smartwatch.

Android Wear 2.0 is a huge update for the wearable platform, and one that was announced last year at Google I/O actually. The update was due to be launched last fall, but Google ultimately opted to launch it in the first quarter of 2017 – which was later rumored as February 9th. Android Wear 2.0 has been in a developer preview for quite some time now, so developers have been using it to get their apps ready for the updated platform, so that users can use their favorite apps once they update their device. Android Wear 2.0 is aimed at making smartwatches a whole lot more useful, with Google looking to get more and more people interested in smartwatches, as many people have opted to not grab a smartwatch, and pick up a fitness tracker, if they do even get a wearable. Android Wear 2.0 may not change that niche look and feel, but that is Google's objective with this update. Keep in mind that February 8th is next Wednesday, so there's not long to wait for this update.

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