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Google Launches Android Wear Update

  • Oct 24, 2014 03:21 AM EDT
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The latest update of Android Wear released Thursday makes devices less dependent of the user's phone, Venture Beat reported.

The release enables users to access music syncing and GPS support without a smartphone nearby, according to Google's Android Developers Blog.

Android developers can now build apps that lets users track their run even when they leave their phone at home, which enables Google's wearables with built-in GPS gives its users a location update directly from the wearable.

MyTracks is the first app from Android to fully integrate this feature with its programming. The app records user's progress  while users can view their data live on their wrists. It calculates speed, elevation and distance travelled by the user and lets users to sync it with Google Drive.

The update also gives users offline music syncing, allowing its users to jog with fewer devices without compromising the convenience of having a smartphone within reach. Users can store music, even without a paired phone nearby, and listen to the tracks via Bluetooth headsets.

Jeff Chang, Android Wear product manager, said that one of the key aims of his developing team is to find ways for people to use their wearables less often. Although it may seem like a negative but Chang insisted that it's "actually the whole point of Android Wear in the first place," according to the Huffington Post.

"Every time you interact with this device, you only do so for a few seconds at a time," Chang said. "You should be able to get in and get out, so you're not stuck on your watch."

Chang said that the developing team now focused on independent Android Wear apps, as well as collaborating with Google Play to create a list of apps that are specifically built.

Google has also released eight new Android Wear app collections in Google Play, with categories ranging from travel, social, and fitness and health apps, according to Tech Times.

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