Google has pushed out the first big update for Android Wear. According to the official Android blog, the 4.4W.2 update brings in GPS support for devices with built-in sensors, and the much demanded support for offline music playback.
A welcomed feature for fitness enthusiasts, GPS support for Android Wear eliminates the need to keep your phone close at hand, as your smartwatch tracks all elements from location, to route, distance, and speed. So whether you’re biking, hiking, trekking, or even swimming across channels, your GPS supported smartwatch will keep a record of your tracks.
Unfortunately, for existing Android Wear users whose devices do not have a built-in GPS sensor, this update doesn’t really do them any good. For now, the Sony SmartWatch 3 is the only Android Wear device that is offering a built-in GPS sensor. It is available at Verizon and can be pre-ordered, or you can wait for the device to hit the Play Store.
Luckily for all existing Android Wear users, the second part of the update has no catch to it. All Android Wear powered smartwatches will now be able to locally store music for offline playback, without the need to have your Android phone close by. The question is, where to plug in the headphones? There’s no need for it as you can use your Bluetooth headphones with your watch.
We can assume this is the first part of the two big updates planned by Google. While these features do enhance the purpose and features of Android Wear devices, users are still eagerly waiting for the day when they will have access to custom watch faces. Good news is, according to Google, this feature should be available to users by the end of this year.
In the growing need to polish up Android Wear, Google is working on improving the discoverability Android Wear apps in Google Play. You would be amazed that Android Wear has over ten thousand supported apps, well, where are they? This is why the search engine giant has added eight categories for Wear supported apps, for better visibility in the crowded Google Play Store.
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