Android Wear 2.0 may arrive on February 9

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by Dan Graziano January 17, 2017 9:50 AM PST @DanGraziano

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The next version of Google's smartwatch operating system will arrive on February 9, according to known and generally reliable leaker Evan Blass.

Android Wear 2.0, which was originally announced last May, looks to completely revamp the operating system and help make watches less reliant on phones. In addition to a revamped user interface, the update will add an on-watch app store and built-in keyboard. It will also include support for both Android Pay (mobile payments) and the Google Assistant, Google's intelligent voice assistant that debuted on the Pixel smartphone.

Unfortunately, not every Android Wear watch will be updated to the new version. It has previously been confirmed that both the original Moto 360 and LG G Watch won't be updated to Android Wear 2.0.

The report also claims that the update will launch alongside two new LG smartwatches: the LG Sport and LG Watch Style. Both watches will reportedly feature circular OLED displays, 4GB of internal storage, and a digital crown similar to the Apple Watch.

The Sport is said to be the more advanced model, with a higher-resolution screen, more RAM and a larger battery. It will also reportedly include LTE connectivity, NFC for mobile payments, GPS and an optical heart-rate sensor. You can view the full reported specs below:

LG Sport specsAndroid Wear 2.014.2-millimeters thick 1.38-inch 480x480-pixel display4GB of stroage768MB of RAM430mAh batteryOptical heart-rate sensorLTE, GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi, BluetoothIP 68 ratedLG Watch Style specs: Android Wear 2.010.8-millimeter thick1.2-inch 360x360-pixel display4GB of storage512MB of RAM240mAh batteryWi-Fi, BluetoothIP67 rated

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