Android Wear 2.0 has been featured for seven months now, and among the innovations that would have to capture the attention of developers, we find the integrated Play Store and standalone apps – all those apps that do not need any use of a smartphone to be fully exploited through your smart clock.
Using this type of app, Google has sought to expand the interest and engage even more with the iOS world, with the goal of further expanding the Android Wear ecosystem.
In addition, Android Wear 2.0 also introduced multi-APK support, reducing file size, and creating only one smartwatch and smartphone app.
In this regard, Google has recently announced a number of changes that will come into effect as early as next year to bring independent apps to all Android Wear 1.0 devices. Thus reducing the requirement for the compulsory association between smartphones and wearable.
With this change, the Play Store criteria will also change to promote the use of multiple APKs and autonomous applications.
The “Optimized for Android Wear” badge will no longer be available to all those apps that will not respect the new policies, so they will not be able to even access the top charts of the Android Store Play Store.
The new policy will come into effect as of January 18, 2018, and will allow you to make the Android Wear environment more flexible with independent applications, compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones.