Google announced a new update for Android Wear, its wearables operating system, as well as a new watch from Sony.
The update enables Android Wear support of watches with GPS sensors, which means you won’t have to have your phone close by to do things like track your route, distance, and speed or listen to music while you’re running or biking. You can store music on your watch, and listen to it via Bluetooth headphones while your phone is back at home.
Google names Golfshot and MyTracks as apps that are already taking advantage of the update. Google Play Music is supported too, of course.
Google also gives us an update on Android Wear device availability:
Starting today you can pre-order the Sony SmartWatch 3 from Verizon Wireless and it’s coming soon to Google Play. SmartWatch 3 is the first Android Wear watch to include a GPS sensor—perfect for enjoying today’s updates. It has a transflective display that improves battery life and is really easy to read in sunlight, so it’s a great fit for staying, well, fit.
Of course, Android Wear offers a range of shapes, styles and sensors to help you find the wearable that’s right for you. The LG G Watch, the Samsung Gear Live, and the Moto 360 will all be updated to include the new music functionality over the next few days.
As Google continues to update Android Wear, and more devices make their way to availability, it’s going to be interesting to see how it competes with Apple Watch, which is on its way next year.
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