Google has penned a blog post outlining an official list of updates it will add to the Android Wear platform before year ending. Google Inc has also given confirmation about its all smartwatches running Android Wear getting the updates immediately as they are rolled out.
This is no surprise from Google since it is pretty much in control of the update process for Android Wear devices They are looking to dodge the fragmentation situation that is persistent in their tablet and smartphone OS.
Google states that it is the first big update for Android Wear that will bring support for offline music playback and GPS sensors. This will let users leave their mobile at home when they go for a run, a walk, or a bike ride. They will be able to listen to music stored on their watch via Bluetooth headphones, through which the wearable will be able to connect directly, without the need for a smartphone intermediary.
The next update will follow with support for downloadable smartwatch themes that will allow users to customize their desired home screen information, including a calendar or fitness information. Google is saying that they will get a lot of neat watch themes from many developers on Google Play after this feature gets added to the Android Wear platform.
“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 blog post also concludes over the Android Wearable devices launched at IFA 2014 this week, namely, the Moto 360, LG G Watch R, Asus ZenWatch and the Sony SmartWatch 3. It goes on to reveal that these devices, as well as the devices released earlier this summer (LG G Watch R and Samsung Gear Live), will receive the update soon in the upcoming months.
Already having up an Android Wear device or you planning to have soon? If so, which device do you own or have your eyes on?