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Google Says Many Android Wear Improvements on the Way

by Brandon Russell | September 2, 2014September 2, 2014 4:00 pm PST


With the arrival (or announcement) of Apple’s iWatch looming, Google has revealed some cool Android Wear updates to expect in the future. In an interview with CNET, a few of the company’s engineers detailed some of these new features, including support for custom third-party watch faces and Bluetooth headsets.

Developers have slowly begun to figure out how to create their own custom watch faces already, but Google will apparently release a toolkit that will make doing so much easier. In the future, Android Wear owners will likely be able to download a new pack of watch faces right from the Google Play store, giving users the option to go beyond what is included on their device already.

Additionally, a future update will also give Android Wear support for GPS and Bluetooth headsets, which would be great for more active users. A runner, for example, would be able to use GPS to track their run and listen to Bluetooth headphones—all without the need for their phone. It’s actually quite surprising that capability isn’t there already.

There are more Android Wear devices on the horizon, so this is great news for people still on the fence about Google’s wearable platform. In addition to the updates, Google also said that thousands of apps have been updated to support the platform, which means Android Wear is getting more powerful by the day. It’ll have to if Apple’s iWatch really is coming soon.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...