Android Wear’s first major update is finally here with a big emphasis on independence. By that, I mean smartwatches loaded with the new update will gain additional functionality as a standalone device so if you leave the house without your phone, it’s not quite as big of a deal.
Starting today, Android Wear supports watches with GPS sensors so you won’t need to rely on your smartphone to track things like routes, distance and speed. Unfortunately, there aren’t any Android Wear smartwatches on the market that have embedded GPS sensors but they’re coming.
Sony’s SmartWatch 3 is now available for pre-order from Verizon and will be heading to the Google Play Store soon. Expect to pay $250 for the opportunity.
Elsewhere, the new update allows users to store music on their watch and listen to it with Bluetooth headphones. With only 4GB of storage on tap, you may not be able to fit your entire collection on your wrist but it’ll no doubt be enough to keep you entertained on your next run or subway commute.
Google is also making it easier to find new Android Wear apps by adding eight new app collections in the Google Play Store. Categories include fitness and health, communication, social and productivity, just to name a few.
If you’ve been waiting for official support for third-party custom watch faces, you may be disappointed as it isn’t included this time around.