Final Android Wear 2.0 developer preview is available now
Google has just released the final developer preview of the wearable OS. Besides bug fixes and boosts, iOS support is the most notable feature, with developers able to submit Android Wear 2.0 apps to the Play Store as well.
- Fariha Khan
- January 25, 2017
Wear 2.0 devices paired with iPhones will enjoy support for third-party apps. Developers need to see primarily that their app doesn’t need an Android device to run before it will show up in the on-device Play Store. Standalone apps on Apple’s OS will need to deal with lower network bandwidth to enhance battery life.
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Google has offered various recommendations regarding accessing the network on iOS such as Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Support for OAuth and RemoteIntent include additional features this release includes.
This developer preview updates Wearable Support Library as well, allowing developers to start uploading Android Wear 2.0 apps to the Play Store. It has many other improvements and bug fixes, with NFC Host Card Emulation allowing for Android Pay on supported watches:
• NFC HCE support: NFC Host Card Emulation FEATURE_NFC_HOST_CARD_EMULATION is supported now.
• Navigation Drawer: Flip a flag to tie to the single-page, icon-only action drawer that offers faster and better navigation to various views in your app.
• ProGuard and Complication API: New ProGuard configuration implies complication data container classes will not be obscured anymore. This fixes a ClassNotFoundException when watch faces are striving to get access to data by a complication data provider.