Google building two Android Wear smartwatches
Google building two new smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0 operating systemGetty Images

Google is rumoured to release two smartwatches running on Android Wear 2.0 in early 2017. Famed tipster Evan Blass tweeted about the two watches citing an old story which had speculated a smartwatch from Google in 2017.

The latest tip by Blass indicates that these smartwatches could be the first to come with Android Wear 2.0. Recently, Google had declared that it is postponing the roll out of Android Wear 2.0 to 2017, but did not give any specific reason for the delay. However, it now seems like the company could introduce the final build of the latest Android Wear 2.0 via these watches.

While rumours of the two smartwatches have been doing the rounds for a while, there is no clarity as to which company would manufacture the devices for Google. The company has partnered with prominent Android OEMs like LG, Motorola, Huawei and HTC to manufacture its phones and tablets and all these companies have indicated that they have no plans to release an Android Wear this year.

Some rumours had pointed towards HTC striking a deal with Google for making both the Pixel phone range and the smartwatch. Although HTC did make the Pixel there have been no reports that suggest it was working on the smartwatch.

In fact, 2016 has been a low-profile year for Android Wear as no significant release took place from OEM's compared to Apple which launched the Watch 2 and Samsung which launched the Gear S3. Analysts say companies did not want to waste their resources on a wearable whose software upgrade would not have been available until the end of 2016.