Android Oreo Update for Android Wear Released

For those of you who have an Android Wear 2.0 device, Android Oreo is coming to you.  Google has officially released the Oreo update for Wear, bringing with it several improvements and tweaks to the platform.  News of the release came from Googler Hoi Lam via Google+.

As for new features, here is the brief rundown:

  • Notification vibration strength setting
  • Touch lock option for wet conditions
  • Support for 7 new countries / languages
  • Notification channels
  • Battery saving background limits

In other words, lots of the great features of Oreo now on your wrist.

Just like Android phones, the question of when your Android Wear device will see the update to Oreo completely depends on your watch manufacture.  This could take weeks or months before devices get the update so while it is exciting that Oreo is on the way… don’t get over excited just yet.

That said, Android Police is reporting that one of their readers has received the update on his LG Smart Watch Sport.  One user doesn’t make a trend but it is encouraging that someone has received the update already.

If you are looking to upgrade your Android Wear watch or simply want to give one a try, there are several available.  The afore mentioned LG Smart Watch Sport is available on Amazon for under $250, some $150 off the original price at launch, and it can run the Oreo update.