On Thursday, Google revealed their first major Android Wear update. The update is focused mostly on an increase in wearable autonomy. It also takes advantage of features in more recently released watches like the Sony Smartwatch 3.
The first segment of the update covers the GPS functionality introduced in the new Sony Smartwatch. It’s available from Verizon and Google Play for $250. The addition of this feature lets you go for a run and leave your phone behind. You can then track distance traveled, where you ran, and the speed you ran at. Golfshot and MyTracks are the first apps to offer GPS support for Android Wear.
The second segment covers music. You can now access the onboard storage on your device, usually about 4GB. You can fill up the storage with songs and play them over Bluetooth headphones or speakers. Therefore, you won’t need to always carry around a smartphone. Google Play music supports this, but developers can add the capability to their apps.
Google says the Samsung Gear Live, the Moto 360, and the LG G Watch will be updated to support this in the next couple days. I’m pretty excited about this update, and I’d love to give it a try. I’m sure this is one of Android Wear’s first steps to becoming a powerful wearable brand.