A handful of users are claiming that Android Wear 2.0 is beginning to roll out to the 1.63-inch ZenWatch 2 in the United States. It looks like quite a few users are receiving their updates as we speak, so you likely won’t have to wait much longer if yours doesn’t have it yet. If you’d rather sideload the update, instructions can be found below.
Of course, we’ll let you know when we hear anything about the smaller ZenWatch 2.
Original post (7/12): According to some Reddit users, ASUS has officially started rolling out the Android Wear 2.0 update for the ZenWatch 3, as promised.
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We know your pain: the waiting game continues for many smartwatch owners even after Google’s delayed launch of Android Wear 2.0. Just about a week ago, we looked at why the update is taking so long to reach older devices, including the ZenWatch 3. The Taiwanese company initially stated that its current flagship smartwatch as well as its predecessor would be getting Android Wear 2.0 in Q2 of 2017, but that failed to materialize (obviously).
Some users have received the official Android Wear 2.0, and it will reportedly allow users to completely remove all ASUS software.
ASUS then clarified that the update would be rolling out starting July 11 for the ZenWatch 3 and that the ZenWatch 2 would follow suit later in the summer, and it looks like this time, the company has decided to honor its promise: according to a Reddit user named VGStarcall, he was able to receive and install the official Android Wear 2.0 update on his ZenWatch 3, and what’s more, the update will allow users to completely remove all ASUS software.
Other Reddit users have confirmed that the update is indeed being rolled out, but as ASUS earlier pointed out, the update will happen in waves over the next week or so, meaning your watch might not necessarily get it today. If you are feeling impatient, however, you can sideload this OTA zip file captured by k3vink3vin on Reddit. For more information on that, head on over to the official thread.
Have you received your Android Wear 2.0 update yet? Let us know by leaving a comment below!