Android Wear’s First Major Update Brings GPS, Offline Music Support

We first brought you news of the first major update to the Android Wear operating system back in early September, and today Google is making the update official.
As previously mentioned, the new update brings with it:

  • Support for built-in, hardware GPS
  • The ability to store music directly on your smartwatch (though choose wisely, as all of the Android Wear devices that have been announced so far only come with 4GB of storage)
  • Bluetooth support is included, so you can listen to those stored music tracks with your wireless headphones.

Google says that the first watch to support hardware GPS will be the Sony SmartWatch 3, and we’re assuming that the second wave of Android Wear devices that hit the market will also start adding the functionality.

Sony SmartWatch 3  
As for when existing Android Wear devices like the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, and Motorola Moto 360 will receive the update, Google says that OEMs will begin providing the free updates “over the next few days.”