Yesterday there was troubling news for the Android Wear platform when it emerged that Huawei may be looking to switch to Tizen for future smartwatches. This has been followed today by a somewhat more positive development, with the inclusion of Google Play in Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 3.
The release of the latest developer preview effectively introduces a smartwatch-only app store to Android.
From users’ perspective, the big advantage the introduction of Play Store support brings is the ability to install apps on a smartwatch, without having to install the same app on a phone.
But for those not wanting to risk a development edition of Android Wear on their smartwatch, and the bugs that could introduce, there is now a longer wait in-store.
In a blog post announcing the availability of Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 3, Google mentioned “tons of great feedback from the developer community about Android Wear 2.0”. However, following this input, the full release of Android Wear 2.0 has been pushed back and the smartwatch OS update will not be made available until 2017.
It is customisation, rather than features, that apparently has been concerning Huawei. Google maintains relatively tight control of Android Wear and the Chinese company are reportedly looking elsewhere, with Samsung willing to take a more flexible approach with Tizen.