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Google to shut down Android Wear’s Together feature as it gears up Android Wear 2.0

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A new update to the Android Wear companion app confirms that Google will cease to continue service of the Together feature which was only out for almost a year. The feature will no longer work after September 30 as Google mentions in a pop up message.

Introduced about a year ago, Together was a way to pair your watch with a partner’s and share sketches, photos, emojis, stickers, and activities. But with Android Wear 2.0’s upcoming addition of more interactive watchfaces and messaging features, Together is no longer as unique as it once was.

That’s why Together is now living its last days. In the new Wear app update, you’ll see a notice of Together being shut down on September 30, with the reason being its redundancy with Wear 2.0.

Now whether this means that Wear 2.0 will be released by that date, before it, or after, we don’t know. We think the first two options are doubtful because the Wear 2.0 preview is still on its second release, and Google had revealed there would be 4 milestones, a near final release, and then the official release. If milestones correlated with preview builds (like they did on the N previews), they would have to come every 2-3 weeks for the timeline to meet the September 30 deadline. So it’s our guess that Together is being shut down early, before the Wear 2.0 release.

Android Wear 2.0 will bring more interactive watch faces with communication features like ‘Together’ so the original watch face is no longer needed and will be removed out of redundancy.

The Together watch face likely had very little usage as two people both had to both agree to use it to access the features. Google is building more messaging and other sharing capabilities directly into the next version of Android Wear, which may make your watch a better venue for staying connected to someone.

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