Google is set to launch Android Wear 2.0, a major overhaul of its smartwatch operating system, in February.
A leaked memo sent to developers reveals that the search giant’s new software will support a new ‘on–watch Play Store’ when it becomes available next month.
Developers have been forewarned because apps need to be updated in order to work on Android Wear 2.0.
The new platform will support standalone apps that do not require a companion app installed on a smartphone, as well as coming with Google Assistant and Android Pay.
This should give it a huge boost in its battle with the Apple Watch.
The software is said to be launching alongside two new flagship smartwatches. Google has previously confirmed that it would be unveiling the wearables this year, although neither are expected to feature the company’s branding.
Android Wear 2.0 will be available to install on older Google–backed smartwatches, although it’s not clear which models will be compatible.