We hope you haven't become attached to your Android Wear device's "Together" watch face because, soon, you two will be together no more. According to the update that brings Android Wear to version 188.8.131.528, Together will be going away with Android Wear 2.0. Google isn't killing some of Together's features per se, but there's just no need for a separate watch face when bits and pieces of Together are going right into the big Android Wear update anyway.
"With the release of Android Wear 2.0, many of the best features of Together will be integrated directly into the platform so you can connect with more people using your favorite messaging services. In addition to emoji, you'll be able to use Smart Reply, keyboard, or handwriting on the watch screen," reads Google's announcement.
"You'll also be able to customize a number of different watch faces with useful data from your favorite apps."
For the non-Android-using among you (or those who never got a chance to dabble with Together), the feature allowed Android Wear users to link their devices together. They could then use their watches to send each other little messages—drawings, really—or tiny updates regarding whatever activities they were currently performing. Users could also send their friends emoji, stickers, or photos (so long as the photo was one of the ten most recent ones a person shot with a paired Android device).
Together is scheduled to depart on September 30, but that doesn't necessarily mean that Android Wear 2.0 is going to arrive on October 1. So far, Android Wear 2.0 is scheduled for a fall release, but Google hasn't been more specific about the update's release schedule.
When it arrives, Android Wear 2.0 will allow users to send out little notes that you handwrite on the smartwatch itself (and hope that your device can recognize what you're trying to say). You can also swipe through a tiny keyboard to pick letters to form your messages, or select from three pre-written messages if you just need to quickly reply to someone while you're otherwise engaged in something else.
That's not quite as fun as the features found in Together, but it's something, at least. One downer, as Android Police notes, is that those running first-generation smartwatches not scheduled to receive the Android Wear 2.0 update will be out of luck, since they won't receive some these communication-themed updates and they will no longer be able to use Together to talk to their friends.
"Thanks for using Together. We have had some great feedback and used this to make Android Wear 2.0 the best way to stay connected with the people you care about most," reads Google's announcement.