Just in Time for Rival Apple Watch, Android Wear Update

Just in Time for Rival Apple Watch, Android Wear Update

FILE - In this June 25, 2014 file photo ,a man wears a Moto 360 by Motorola, an Android Wear smartwatch, on the demo floor at Google I/O 2014 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
In this June 25, 2014 file photo ,a man wears a Moto 360 by Motorola, an Android Wear smartwatch, on the demo floor at Google I/O 2014 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY

 
NEW YORK (USA Today) — Coincidence of timing? Only days before a certain high-profile smart timepiece begins shipping, Google is announcing a major software upgrade for Android Wear watches that it must hope will steal some of the attention away from the Apple Watch.

For starters, the refreshed software is designed to expand the capabilities of using Android Wear watches when you’ve left your phone behind, maybe in the gym locker while you’re working out. Android Wear watches, like the Apple Watch and most other smartwatches out there, lean heavily on having a companion smartphone nearby. (The Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5 or later.)

 

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