Sony Smartwatch 3 goes up for pre-order, Android Wear gets GPS support

Plus offline music playback

Sony Smartwatch 3

The first Android Wear update is here and with it you'll finally be able to go on a run with just their smartwatch and still track their progress as well as listen to tunes.

The Android Blog posted that this Android Wear update brings GPS functionality. With these tools you'll be able to track your distance and speed on a run without needing to bring along your handset.

Unfortunately the Sony Smartwatch 3 is practically the only wearable that comes with GPS baked in. Even then the Sony smartwatch only became available for pre-order on Verizon for $249 (about £155, AU$283) starting today. It's will also come to the Google Play store soon.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Gear S is on the shortlist of smartwatches that will come with built-in GPS.

Offline tunes

Luckily, everyone will be able to take advantage of the newly added direct Bluetooth connection feature, which allows users to pair wireless headphones with their smartwatch directly. Now users can play music from their watch even if most devices come with a very limited 4GB of space.

Over the next few days Google says it will push the update to the slew of Android Wear devices currently out now including the LG G Watch and Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live. The search company has also rejiggered the Google Play store and put Android Wear apps into eight categories (Featured, Health & Fitness, Travel + Local, Social, Tools, Communication, Productivity, and More Apps).

Meanwhile, there are still more updates on the horizon including custom watch faces, but expect to wait until the end of the year for this feature.

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