ASUS clarifies Android Wear 2.0 for ZenWatch 2 and 3, other watches will likely follow
It seems that the Google/Android faithful are chomping at the bit for the release of Android Wear 2.0 for their wearables. The official release of Android Wear 2.0 just happened at the beginning of February and as of this writing, there are only two watches that officially support Android Wear 2.0, with more on the way. Older watches are also slated to get updated and that list includes the ZenWatch 2 and the ZenWatch 3 from ASUS.
ASUS was asked via Twitter when the ZW2/3 will receive AW2.0 and the reply received indicated that the update would not happen until early 2Q 2017. The second quarter is defined as April 1st (no kidding) to June 30th. This means that the update could be possibly 2-4 months away. This caused many ZenWatch owners to get pretty upset, with some even vowing to jump ship and go with another watch.
@jclendineng Hey Joel — the Android Wear 2.0 roll-out start date was last week, however, AW 2.0 will not come to the ZW 2/3 till early Q2.
— ASUS North America (@ASUSUSA) February 23, 2017
Why the fuss? Android Wear 2.0 is a huge update with several big perks, but the biggest is the addition of Android Pay, with, if you’ll recall, the ZenWatch 2 and ZenWatch 3 can’t take advantage of since they lack NFC chips, so it’s not like the update would really provide a ton of perks for ZenWatch owners anyway.
However, many are disappointed with ASUS since Google had mentioned in a blog post that Android Wear 2.0 would be rolling out “over next few weeks.” Many took that to mean that all Android Wear watches would be updated right away, but that isn’t the case. So far no pre-2017 Android Wear devices have been updated to 2.0, but as with the ZenWatch family, we should see that change over the next 2-3 months…