Well, the smartwatch should have received the update long time back, but it is better late than never. After Google launched the Android Wear 2.0 update, it had announced which smartwatches would be getting the update. Both ZenWatch 2 and 3 were supposed to be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0.
While the ZenWatch 3 has received its due, ZenWatch 2 owners would still have to wait for a while. Hopefully, Asus would release the update for its ZenWatch 2 sometime in August. Anyway, talking about the ZenWatch 3, the Android Wear 2.0 is now available for download. However, you should keep in mind that the roll-out of the update will be done in phases. So if your watch hasn’t received the support for Android Wear 2.0, you should wait for some time.
As per Asus, it will take between 5-7 days before the update hits all the devices. According to a Reddit user, you have to make sure that your ZenWatch 3 is sufficiently charged. Then, you have to open the update screen and keep it active until the pop-up for the Android Wear 2.0 shows. After clicking yes, you need to keep the screen active. He further says that the easiest way to do that is to enable developer mode and disable screen sleep. The update will then start downloading.
To refresh your memory, the Asus ZenWatch 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Soc which is paired with 512MB RAM and 4GB inbuilt storage. It carries a price tag of Rs. 18,999 in India.
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is finally receiving an OTA update to Android Wear v1.4 for API 23 based on Marshmallow, an update that started rolling out earlier this year for other smartwatches, and is among the last devices to receive the update.
Sony’s SmartWatch 3 is now receiving Android Marshmallow update OTA (over-the-air). Google’s Wayne Piekarski, Developer Advocate announced the news in a Google+ post. Sony SmartWatch 3 users started receiving the update via OTA from Wednesday and Google expects that it will be available to all users within a week.
“The OTA for the Sony Smartwatch 3 (tetra) has started today, and within a week or so, it should be available for all users,” said Piekarski in his Google+ post.
To recall, Sony launched its SmartWatch 3 in 2014 and was later unveiled in India. The Sony SmartWatch 3 was priced at Rs. 19,990 in India.
Piekarski also announced that Google has almost completed the rollout of Android Wear 1.4 with API 23 to all devices. “When all Android Wear devices have the update, I will make another announcement so that developers know when they can remove API 22 support from their apps. We are almost there with the API 23 rollout,” added Piekarski.
Some of the features that the new Android Wear SDK for API 23 brings include new emulators, support for runtime permission checks, support for external speakers, Intel x86 chip, and the ’round’ and ‘notround’ resource qualifiers, which allow developers to upload exactly-sized images and layouts for all watch types.