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Android Wear is the operating system that comes installed on a variety of smartwatches and it was launched on March 18, 2014. It was paired with devices running on Android version 4.3 and later and iOS version 8.2 and later and in 2015, it was estimated to account for 10 percent of the smartwatch market. Google will soon release Android Wear 2.0 with improved watchface functionality and other changes.

Google has announced at its I/O event that it will bring a big update to Android Wear, without mentioning the release date. Besides the improved watchface functionality, Android Wear 2.0 comes with extended battery life, better fitness tracking and it allows applications to function independently, so that users no longer need to pair their smartwatches to a smartphone.

Google Maps on Android Wear

Two unexpected features have made their appearance, and they are handwriting recognition and a keyboard, but until this fall, when the new operating system is expected to be released, Google might make new changes.

For now, it isn’t clear which of the current smartwatches running on Android Wear will get the 2.0 update. Most likely, the second edition LG Watch Urbane and the Huawei Watch will be among the first smartwatches that will be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0 because they are already eligible for a preview of the operating system.

The Android Wear 2.0 beta can be downloaded by developers and curious users, who have the chance to test out the new features.

Other devices that are believed to be updated are the -gen Moto 360 and the Asus ZenWatch 2, as they appear in images on the promotional web page of the upcoming platform. The list will be open for more eligible wearables that are currently running on Android Wear, and which share the processor and RAM amount. If we’ll find out more information, we will let you know.