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Android Wear 2

February 10, 2017.

LG Watch Sport.

After months of delay, Google is finally launching Android Wear 2.0 with two new watches from LG: the LG Watch Style and the LG Watch Sport. The update, which will roll out to more watches later this month, is a complete redesign of Google’s smart watch platform, with a darker color scheme, bringing the Google Assistant and standalone apps to your wrist. Perhaps the most significant change is a new, watch-based version of the Play Store, which allows you to download and run apps independently of your smartphone. If you have an LTE-enabled watch, this completely untethers your watch from your smartphone.

Mashable, “With Android Wear 2.0, Google targets the Apple Watch by imitating it.”

The Verge, Circuit Breaker, “The LG Watch Sport is beautiful precisely because it’s big.”