The first quarter of 2017 is going to be awesome, because fans can expect 2 new flagship smartwatches to be released by Google in the new year.
Jeff Chang, the product manager of Android wear has mentioned that these latest models will not be branded as Google smartwatches and they will not hold the Pixel branding either. These devices will be branded by their manufacturing company. Google will mainly be in charge of collaborating with these companies by helping out in the hardware design alongside software integration for these smartwatches. The collaboration they are working out is more of a Nexus-Partner type of collab.
A Google Spokeswoman mentioned that the devices –
“will carry the partner name, and will not be Google-branded.”
Once these flagship smartwatches launch, other Android Wear watches will be receiving a major software update known as Android Wear 2.0. However, not all smartwatches are capable of the software update. This is because some features like Android pay require built-in hardware that not all smartwatches have in them.
We should expect to see partner announcements with regards to these new devices in CES 2017 and the Baseworld trade show.
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