Google officially announces Android Wear update and reorganizes Play Store listings

Google officially announces Android Wear update and reorganizes Play Store listings
We've seen a new major Android Wear update begin to push out to the LG G Watch and the Moto 360, but there hadn't been any word from Google about it. Normally, with major updates to Android products, there will be a blog post from Google, at least. Today, is shaping up to be a big day for Android Wear, because not only has Google officially announced the major update, it has announced the start of Sony Smartwatch 3 preorders, and a reorganization of Wear apps in the Play Store.

The update, as noted before, is focused on making your smartwatch a bit more independent. Once you get the update, you'll be able to start music playback from the watch through your handset, or be able to transfer tunes through Google Play Music to your smartwatch for offline playback. You'll even be able to pair a Bluetooth audio device directly to your watch to listen to music without your smartphone around. It also adds support for GPS location tracking, but that won't help anyone until the Sony Smartwatch 3 is out, because that will be the first Android Wear device with GPS built-in. 

Google has also reorganized the Play Store a bit to make it easier to find the Android Wear apps that you want... sort of. The problem is that (as far as we can see) Google hasn't made a landing page to point you to these new Android Wear sections, you need to have the links directly to them. There appear to be 8 new sections for Android Wear apps: Featured, Health & Fitness, Travel + Local, Social, Tools, Communication, Productivity, and More Apps

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6 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Come on Google, surely you're smart enough to make a landing page for android wear.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wonder when the Gear Live will see the latest Wear update?

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Android Wear is moving along so slowly. If only Google would open it up for rapid development and innovation by the Android community at large. It's amazing how fast Google is turning into Microsoft. A smarter, more virulent version of Microsoft. But a cancer like Microsoft nonetheless.

3. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I agree. The pace that they're moving at is what is keeping me from grabbing up a Moto 360. If things pick up and development opens up by the second iteration of it, I'll pick one up then...

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Please do tell what you can't develop on Android Wear? Please don't go into things like keyboard support or other dumb things like mice support on an Android Wear watch.

6. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Please do tell me where I said that there wasn't anything that couldn't be developed for Android Wear? MY point was that I don't want it yet because for me, it's not where I feel it could be yet. And no, keyboard support or something stupid like running full android apps like candy crush on a small screen like people did with the Gear 1 is not what I'm talking about. Reading comprehension seems to fail many on PA because they have their "I'm a fanboy and ready to attack anyone that says they don't want something yet" glasses on.

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