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Android Wear Update brings GPS Support and Offline Music Playback

Android Wear, which was released earlier this year by Google is the OS which is powering the smartwatches. We had done the detailed review of Android Wear along with our experience using the LG G watch which was one of first wearables using the OS. Google has now released an update for the OS which brings in new features like GPS Support and offline music playback.

With the new GPS support now it is possible for Wear apps to track distance, routes, elevation and speed without having to use the phone. This is a really useful feature for runners, hikers and bicyclists, but the main issues is that the current set of Android Wear devices does not come with GPS support built in.

Android Wear update

The second feature is more useful for existing users where they can pair a Bluetooth headset with the watch and listen to music without having to connect to smartphone. Considering that most of the smartwatches comes with 4GB internal storage you should be able to add in few songs to your Android Wear watch.

Along with this, the new Sony Smartwatch 3 will go on sale in US for $249.99. SmartWatch 3 is the first Android Wear watch to include a GPS sensor.

This update will be rolled out to existing Wear devices over the next few days. Google also confirmed that there are tens of thousands of apps are now enhanced for Wear available in the Play store.

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