After a bit of a delay, the launch of Android Wear 2.0 is finally drawing near. Today, Google launched the fifth and final developer preview of Wear 2.0Â ahead of itsÂ consumer launch in early February.
There arenât any major surprises here, but with this release, Android Wear 2.0 is finally getting full iOS support, too, which was missing from the previews â but not Wear 1.x â until now. One of the flagship features of Wear is that it supports standalone apps (together with new complications, improved notifications, a keyboard and hand-writing recognition).
This final preview now also allows iOS usersÂ that pair their watches to an iPhone to install these apps from the Play Store. Apps that run on the watch will also be able to hand off sign-in requests and open web pages on their paired iOS devices.
Google itself has said that it will launch Android Wear 2.0 with two watches (likely from LG)Â in early February. If you want to test the update today, youâll have to go through quite a few steps to make it work (akin to the old Android developer previews).
Google never made an over-the-air update for these preview versions available, but if you donât want to go through the hassle, chances are Wear 2.0 will be available for your watch soon (assuming itâs compatible, which isnât necessarily a given if you have an older watch). Itâs unclear when exactlyÂ the updates will roll out.Â Itâs very likely thatÂ new watches will come with Wear 2.0 pre-installed but that existing users will have to wait a bit longer to get it.