Google’s original plan was to release the Android Wear 2.0 in last year’s fall, but due to some technical issues and other problems, the company could not deliver the new version of its Linux-based Smartwatch operating system to the public.
Well, it looks like Google has sorted out challenges and the company is ready to launch the Android Wear 2.0 in the upcoming month. The company is now notifying app developers that version 2.0 of Android’ Smartwatch OS is coming in next month and they should get their apps ready for the launch.
The company is trying to make sure that all developers update their app for the upcoming changes to the operating system, The apps in the new OS will have to run in a standalone mode as the watch will no longer need to connect with a smartphone. The ability to work standalone will probably be the most important feature of the new OS as it deals with the biggest annoyance of the current smartwatch king: the Apple Watch.
With the new version of operating system, the company will also launch two new watches, which will be the entry of Google in Smartwatch hardware market. Old devices will also get an update to Android Wear 2, but it is not clear when and how.
Samsung just launched its flagship smartwatch in India, and it will be available for sale starting from January 18.
The Gear S3 smartwatch is available in two versions: Classic and Frontier and they run on Samsung’s own Tizen operating system. The smartwatches cost Rs 28,500, and they can be ordered from retail stores or the official websites.
The Gear S3 has a 1.3 inch circular Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Processor and 4 GB of Internal Storage. The company adds 768 Megabytes of RAM to run the operating system, and it is IP68 Certified for water and dust resistance.
While most specs are same for both versions of Gear 3 Smartwatch, there are some differences too. The first one being the availability of 3G and LTE only on the Frontier version and there are some different in their aesthetics too.
Being equipped with LTE, the Frontier version of the watch can be used as a standalone device, and you will be able to make calls on it using the built-in microphone. On the Classic version, you will have to pair it to a Smartphone in order to use all features.
Samsung has added a few important sensors to take on with Apple Watch. The Gear S3 has a GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and heart-rate monitor to cover the needs of a fitness tracking. Apart from that, the watch will support Samsung Pay and NFC.