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Google releases Android Wear 2.0 dev preview 3, official launch delayed until 2017

While the latest Android Wear Developer Preview has been released, Google has announced the stable, consumer-ready version won't launch until early 2017.

Published onSeptember 29, 2016

Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 3 copy

Google first announced Android Wear version 2.0 back at Google I/O 2016, but we still have yet to see an official, consumer-ready release. The good news is that we are getting closer, as Google has just released the third developer preview of Android Wear 2.0.

The biggest change you’ll find in the third dev preview is the addition of the Google Play Store on Android Wear. Now users will be able to browse recommended apps, search and install new applications directly from their wrists. Plus, users can also install an app on their watch without installing it on their phone, which is definitely a welcome addition.

Of course, there are quite a few other improvements present in this new developer preview, so head to the source link below to check them all out.

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If you’re okay with running unstable software on your smartwatch, you can go ahead and download it now. If you’d rather wait for a stable release, though, we have some bad news: Google has pushed back the official release until early 2017. Google originally said the big v2.0 overhaul would be ready by this fall, but now you’ll have to load up the latest dev preview if you’d like to try out the new features this year.

Have you tried any of the Android Wear 2.0 developer previews? If so, let us know in the comments!

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