Android Wear 2.0 Will Now Get Updates Via Play Store, No OTAs Required

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Android Wear 2.0 Will Now Get Updates Via Play Store, No OTAs Required
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Google Android Wear was one product segment that was missing from Google’s big hardware event last week. In addition, the Google Store site somehow removed LG’s Android Wear watches following the event. Add to it, a lack of user interest in the Android Wear 2. All these raised concerns that Google might consider making some hard decisions. However, the latest development puts to rest all such rumors.

According to Hoi Lam, a Wearables Developer Advocate at Google, Android Wear 2.0 would no longer receive OTA updates. Instead, all the updates can be downloaded from the Play Store. This will ensure that customers receive a timelier update. In fact, Lam notes that the Android Wear team already released one update via the Play Store, bringing third party chat app support in Contacts, improving Play Store discoverability for new users, and other features and bug fixes.

With regular updates available via the Play Store, Google will now have tighter control over the wearables compared to the OTA updates. There is, however, no plan to scrap the OTA updates because the company would need it for major updates on the platform.

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