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Google's first Android Wear update will bring GPS, offline music playback


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As promised Google is supporting its burgeoning Android Wear smartwatch platform with more updates.

The search company announced the first update will bring offline GPS support and offline music playback to wearables running its smartwatch OS.

Firstly smartwatches with built-in GPS sensors such as Sony's SmartWatch 3 will track your distance and speed when you go on a run. There's no official word whether GPS support include turn-by-turn direction or display a map that tracks your position, but it seems like one of the obvious uses for smartwatches.

The first update will come in the next few months and it will also bring offline music playback letting users wireless stream songs stored on their smartwatch to a pair of Bluetooth headphones.

Google imagines both these new features will be useful for users who want to leave their smartphone during a run or bike ride. After all, no one likes having a mobile device jumping around their pocket during a workout.

Once users come back home the watch will re-sync, transferring your all your updated stats.

What face is it?

The second update Google has lined up will bring downloadable watch faces. These new designs won't just include different analog and digital clock faces, users will also be able to customize their watch's home screen with widgets like their calendar and fitness data.

Soon enough users will also be able to download new developer-created watch faces from the Google Play store.

Lastly Google promises it's working with manufacturers to create even more watch options on top of the dozen or so it helped introduce at IFA 2014. Supposedly these new wearables will feature different shapes, styles and sensors.

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