Google has announced that it had released its first Android Wear update that will bring GPS features, offline music playback and Bluetooth support. The announcement was expected as the company had just released an Android Wear update for smartphones.
The built-in GPS sensors will now function with the ability to track distance and speed from the user’s smartphone. The functionality will be restricted to only smartwatches like Sony Smartwatch 3 that currently comes with the built-in GPS sensors and is yet to be released. The offline music feature will allow users to store music on the smartwatch and pair it with a Bluetooth without depending on the smartphone.
“Smartwatch 3 is the first Android Wear watch to include GPS sensor – perfect for enjoying today’s updates,” said Kenny Stoltz, product manager, Android Wear.
The company also announced eight new category of apps in Google Play to find Android Wear apps easily. The new categories are Featured, Health & Fitness, Travel+Local, Social, Tools, Communication, Productivity and More Apps. The user is required to update to the latest version of Google Play Music for the offline music feature. Stoltz mentioned that the new update removes the need to carry the smartphone while jogging or some sports activities.
The Android Wear is still in the development stage and the company is focusing on improving its features and capabilities. There is also a shortage of smartwatches in the market with the latest hardware for bringing out the full features of the OS. With Google releasing frequent updates, leading tech companies like Sony, Samsung and others are expected to bring in a range of smartwatches to the market in the future.
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