Android Wear News: Google To Release Several Wear Updates This Year, Plans To Add Support For GPS, Third-Party Watch Faces

By Connor Sears , Updated Sep 02, 2014 12:17 PM EDT
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Google is planning to implement a whole host of updates to their wearable OS Android Wear, and they gave ideas about what consumers can expect in a recent interview with CNET.

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Android Wear Director of Engineering David Singleton told CNET that we can expect many updates to the fledgling specialty operating system to roll out over the course of this year. One of the first major updates he mentioned is the ability to pair an Android Wear device with other wearables like a Bluetooth headset. This functionality could even lead to some interesting pairings between the myriad smartwatches that are about to hit the market and Google Glass. Mostly, though, this update will help a user make sure all of his gadgets and gear are in sync.

Another update Singleton touched on was including GPS support for Android Wear. This could allow a wearer to take advantage of location-based software even if they left their phone in their other pants.

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The final functionality Google mentioned is support for independent developers to create their own custom watch faces and release them over Google Play. Each smartwatch comes with a collection of ready-made watch faces that display the informational basics, but expanding the power to create watch faces could lead to setups that allow wearers to have access to specialty information at a glance. Singleton provides the examples of an investor keeping a specific stock on his display or a diehard sports fan having the latest game information for a certain team right on his wrist.

IFA kicks off in Berlin this week, and several tech giants have promised reveals of what will end up being known as the first generation of the smartwatch. With so many wearables about to burst onto the market, having a solid wearable operating system that is constantly evolving to suit consumer needs should help keep this industry turning point just a bit more stable for the user.

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