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Google to add GPS and more features to Android Wear in upcoming updates

Android wear
By John Callaham on 2 Sep 2014 10:44 am

Google has plans to release a number of updates to its Android Wear software before the end of 2014, which will include adding GPS features for the devices that support such a feature in hardware.

In an interview with CNET, Android Engineering Director David Singleton stated that another update will add a way to link a Bluetooth headset with an Android Wear watch. He added an example of how both GPS and Bluetooth would work:

"If you're someone who likes to go for a run, it might be convenient to be able to leave your phone at home. So you can start recording your track with GPS on the watch. You can throw on some music and have a really enjoyable run. And when you come back home, everything will be synced up with the apps running on your phone."

Another new feature that's coming will allow third party developers to develop and release custom watch faces via the Google Play Store. Singleton said that one update for Android Wear will be released this week, which should "improve the navigation experience and some of the voice action experience."

What do you think about Google's future update plans for Android Wear?

Source: CNET

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Google to add GPS and more features to Android Wear in upcoming updates


GPS and BT independent of the phone and being able to run running/work out apps, and listen to music without having to drag along the phone really is needed. Please include wifi as well. As it's likely to have an impact on battery life, processor power and radios ought to shift down to low mode when accompanied by the phone.

It's unclear to me whether this will indeed be implemented or whether it's just a statement of intent. In addition, it would be useful to have a list of devices with hardware capable of utilizing these "new" features.

I was just wondering the same thing. What devices have GPS?

However, for me I got android wear initially so that when I get a text, call or email when I'm out cycling I can quickly see if I need to stop or just ignore it. So I will have to carry my phone anyway (I have a gear live with no sim slot)