It could fit perfectly into that famous Alanis Morissette song, maybe somewhere between ‘it’s like rain on your wedding day’ and ‘it’s like a free ride when you’ve already paid’. The new line might read: “Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think, that nobody seems to know the time or date when the new smartwatch update will be out?’ Not the catchiest lyric of all time, but the release of the eagerly-awaited Android Wear 2.0 is certainly proving troublesome for Google.
What is Google’s Android Wear 2.0?
Google has already released three significant updates to Android Wear in the past two years, but the latest announcement in early February of a 2.0 version sparked mass excitement among those watch-wearers for whom telling the time is not enough when they look down at their wrists. The new update features standalone apps, a design overhaul, improvements on messaging, notifications and fitness, plus more useful watch faces. There is also Play Store, Android Pay and Google Assistant.
The company’s LG Watch Sport and Watch Style, along with a few third-party models, have already received the update, but the majority of devices are still waiting and fresh information has not been forthcoming. As if that wasn’t frustrating enough, Google has now admitted there will be a further delay.
Why The Delay?
The update to all other eligible devices has been put on hold due to a software bug which was picked up just before the roll-out, although assurances have been given that the matter will be resolved as quickly as possible.
Google confirmed in a statement to 9to5Google: “We have started rolling out the Android Wear 2.0 update to Fossil Q Founder, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10, and Tag Heuer Connected. For other devices, the update is currently being delayed due to a bug found in final testing. We will push the update to the remaining devices as soon as the issue is resolved.”
What Happens Next?
There are no clues as to how long the wait for the Android Wear 2.0 update will last, but it is unlikely to affect Google’s dominance in the smartwatch market. Apart from Apple watchOS and maybe the Tizen software that powers Samsung’s Galaxy Gear line, there aren’t really any other viable smartwatch platforms other than Android Wear, and the 2.0 version promises to be a big success, whenever it lands.