Wearable Wednesdays: Here Comes Android Wear 2.0

According to Evan Blass, today’s the day that Android Wear 2.0 will be announced, an upgrade that will instantly elevate the lowly smartwatch from a niche device into a must-have accessory for everyone.

Just kidding—about the second part, anyway. But the Android Wear upgrade is indeed due sometime today. There have been a bunch of developer previews available for select devices which I honestly haven’t been following too closely. What I do know about the AW 2.0 upgrade is that it will support mobile payments from your wrist via Android Pay; Android Police has some screen shots from an already-updated Play Store listing to prove it.

As someone still waiting for Android Pay to come to Canada, it’s hard to get too excited about this feature.

Another AW 2.0 feature will be apparently be Google’s Assistant, available on at least two new watches that are also expected to be announced today—the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style. User manuals for these two products have already leaked, and can be read in their entirety on Android Authority.

Finally, from Android Central, here’s a list of current watches set to receive the upgrade:

Asus ZenWatch 2
Asus ZenWatch 3
Casio WSD-F10
Casio PRO TREK Smart
Fossil Q Founder
Fossil Q Marshal
Fossil Q Wander
Huawei Watch
Huawei Watch for ladies
LG G Watch R
LG Watch Urbane
LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch
Michael Kors Access Dylan Smartwatch
Moto 360 (2015)
Moto 360 for Women
Moto 360 Sport
New Balance RunIQ
Nixon Mission
Polar M600
Tag Heuer Connected

Oh, and one more thing… Fossil smartwatches are currently being offered at a 50% discount at Fossil.com, with an additional 25% off via the code MORELUV—an unverified tip from a helpful redditor on r/AndroidWear.

I’ll have more news from the announcement in this afternoon’s round-up. See you then!

Sources: Android Authority, Android Central, Android Police, @evleaks, reddit

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