A Shot Fired Across Apple’s Bow? Android Wear 2.0 Ups Google’s Game in Smartwatches

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Google announced Android Wear 2.0 at their annual Google I/O developer event in Mountain View, California on May 18, 2016. It was the first major update to the Android Wear operating system for smartwatches, and significantly ups Android Wear’s game on a number of levels including enhanced fitness data tracking/sharing and a more modern UI. Native support for autonomous connectivity is also crucial as a means of liberating Android Wear smartwatches from their smartphone masters. This Insight covers the major changes to the OS, and implications for stakeholders such as hardware vendors, component suppliers, operators, software developers, and content developers.
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Executive Summary

Standalone Apps
  New UI
  Complications/Watch Face

Conclusions & Implications

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