Four months on from its release, Google today announced the first major update to Android Wear. In a post on the official Android Blog, the company revealed that it’s introducing support for GPS and offline music playback to the wearable platform.
Providing your Android Wear-based smartwatch has a built in GPS sensor, you will be able to track things such as route, distance and speed – without needing to have your smartphone with you. The first device which will be able to make use of this new feature is Sony’s soon to be released SmartWatch 3.
You will no longer need to have your smartphone with you to listen to music either. Instead, you can load up your favorite tracks onto your watch’s internal storage, and listen to them via a pair of Bluetooth headphones. LG’s G Watch, Motorola’s Moto 360 and Samsung’s Gear Live will all be getting this capability when the update rolls out over the next few days.
In addition to the update, Google is also making it easier for users to discover Android Wear-compatible apps. The company has added eight new app categories in Google Play, which include health & fitness, travel, social, and productivity.
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