new devices on Android Wear 2.0 should be the result of negotiations with Google, which tried to convince manufacturers that “smart” watches still in demand, notes The Verge.
In the new watch will use the new brand for the company devices Pixel, added Chang. Manufacturer leave them with your brand, as Google has previously collaborated with manufacturers of smartphones Nexus. Chang did not disclose the name of the manufacturer new devices, but said the company has already worked with Google on “smart” watches.
in Addition to the flagship devices in 2017, other companies will release a “smart” clock on Android Wear 2.0, said Chang. He noted that Google is “quite optimistic” looks at the prospects of this industry, assuring that “this category of products will be relevant for a long time”.
After the release of new devices, the most popular existing “smart” watches based on Android will be updated to the second version of the system. In the list of supported devices includes clock Motorola, LG, Polar, Fossil, Huawei, Asus and other manufacturers.
In Android Wear 2.0 will run applications that do not require a connection to the phone will support Android Pay and the new voice assistant Google Assistant. Some new features do not work on existing devices, for example Android Pay need the NFC chip, which was previously optional for manufacturers of Android-hours.
the Global market of “smart” hours in the third quarter of 2016 decreased by 51.6%, deliveries for the period fell to 2.7 million vs. 5.6 million units a year earlier. In particular, Apple’s market share decreased from 70.2% to 41.3% from 3.9 million units in the third quarter of 2015 to 1.1 million in the third quarter of 2016. Motorola, whose watch was one of the first Android Wear smartwatch at the end of 2016, announced a temporary cessation of the production of “smart” wearable devices, from-for falling of demand for them.