After announcing more stand-alone functionality for Android Wear watches in September, Google is delivering through a software update. On the Official Android Blog, Google detailed the update, saying on Thursday that apps for Android Wear watches can tap directly into a watch’s GPS radio if the device is equipped with one. A new version of Google Play Music for Android Wear also now supports direct playback from the wrist.
There’s only one currently available [company]Google[/company] Android Wear watch with a GPS radio; it’s the Sony Smartwatch 3, which can be pre-ordered today Verizon stores for $250. For now, that’s the only watch that can take advantage of the direct GPS feature, allowing apps to get your location, track your movement or determine how far you are from the pin at your local golf course. All other Android Wear watches are still reliant upon using a connected phone’s GPS.
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