Saturday 6 September 2014

Google details upcoming Android Wear updates

After the recent report, which revealed that Google is planning to issue a few feature updates for Android Wear, the search giant itself has now officially announced the update details.

In a blog post today, Google stated that it will be releasing couple of updates for Android Wear in the coming months but did not give a specific timeline.

“Our goal with Wear is to build technology that helps you connect with others and get stuff done. So often, technology can become something that gets in the way of everything else. But we want to build devices that you can use when you need and forget about when you don’t—technology that’s built for your sake, rather than its own sake. Coming throughout the rest of this year, we’re making some updates to Wear that will help you get even more out of your watch—and the rest of your life, too,” David Singleton, Engineering Director, Android Wear wrote in the blog post.

The first update, which will hit the Android Wear devices in the coming weeks, will bring offline music playback (via Bluetooth headsets) and GPS support, while the second update will add support for downloadable watch-faces. These watches-faces will be available via Google Play.

According to Google, all of the Android Wears devices, including the ones introduced this summer, will be getting the upcoming updates. The company also noted that it is working with device partners to add more such interesting and useful features to the platform.

In related news, Android Police recently reported that the first Android Wear update might arrive on October 15. Although there has been no official confirmation for the same, the scheduled debut of LG G Watch R on October 14 makes the timing quite plausible. If the update is indeed coming on October 15, LG might already be working to integrate in its smartwatch.

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