Google has released the first major update to its wearable operating system Android Wear. The update adds a number of new features including support for built-in GPS sensors, Bluetooth headphones, and offline music playback, the company announced in a blogpost. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
The GPS feature will let users track their distance and speed independent of their phone, however, if you already have a smartwatch, you’re not going to see this feature work on your device. None of the Android Wear watches available in the market today have the hardware for it. The first watch which offers that support is Sony SmartWatch 3, and it will start shipping in the US later this month. Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: Report
Offline music playback, however is a feature that will work on all the current Android Wear smartwatches. It will enable you to store music files on your watch, and if you’ve paired your watch with a Bluetooth headphone, you don’t need to carry your phone in order to listen to music. You will need to download the latest version of Google Play Music to enjoy this feature. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year
The other important announcement was improvements in the discoverability of Android Wear apps in Google Play. The company has sorted all the apps in its marketplace in eight new categories – Featured, Health & Fitness, Travel + Local, Social, Tools, Communication, Productivity, and More Apps. Google says “thousands of apps enhanced for Wear have been added to Play [Store] already,” with more to be added in coming weeks.