Even if Google’s Android wear is not yet a smash hit here in Africa, this can’t stop the company from improving its wearable platform, now we see the first major update of Android wear. Google has announced today in a blog post, that it has released the update that unlocks some important fitness functionality. In the change log, it now supports watches with built-in GPS sensors, which are very few if not only one now. With GPS support, you can track your distance and speed without using your phone. You will also be able to pair Bluetooth headphones, and offline music playback will also be enabled. Plus also very many under the hood improvements.
The first Android wear device to support a dedicated GPS is the Sony SmartWatch 3, and it is available for preorder today in the US, but also expect Google Play availability soon. Google says that today’s updates will be pushed to the other Android Wear devices already available (Samsung’s Gear Live, LG’s G Watch, and Motorola’s Moto 360) in the near future.
The company is currently improving discoverability of Android Wear apps in Google Play with eight new categories of apps that have Android Wear features (Featured, Health & Fitness, Travel + Local, Social, Tools, Communication, Productivity, and More Apps).