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This article was published on October 23, 2014

Android Wear gets its first big update with offline music syncing and GPS

Android Wear gets its first big update with offline music syncing and GPS
Roberto Baldwin
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Roberto Baldwin

Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015. Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015.

One of the issues with wearables is that many of them need to stay connected to a smartwatch at all times. Android Wear has been no different. But an update for Android Wear just made smartwatches a little more independent.

Android Wear now supports GPS sensors and syncing music to watches that support Bluetooth headsets for untethered listening. If you work out, this means you can track your run while listening to music without having to drag your smartphone with you while you exercise.

One watch that will benefit from today’s update is the Sony SmartWatch 3 that ships with GPS sensors. Now those sensors are supported natively. Expect to see more watches hitting the market that take advantage of these new features.

➤ Jogging and jamming with AndroidWear and the Sony SmartWatch 3 [Google]