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Android Wear brings Google Maps to Moto 360 and Gear Live

News by Luke Jones on Monday September 08, 2014.

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Android Wear update for the Moto 360
Android Wear update for the Moto 360

The Motorola Moto 360 only launched on Friday, but it is already in line to get a new software update, while the Samsung Gear Live is also ready for the bump. Google announced on the weekend that the newest release of the Android Wear platform was raring to go, and today that patch is finding its way to Motorola's and Samsung's smartwatches.

The Android 4.4W.1 update carries the build number KGW42N and is heading to the two wearables, although there is strangely no word on when the LG G Watch will get the update. The biggest news from this build is that it brings Google Maps functionality to the Android Wear platform for the first time, meaning the Moto 360 and Gear Live can now be used as maps devices.

You will need to have the latest Google Maps version on your smartphone, allowing you to see destinations and input them for walking, driving, or cycling. Just like the full version of Google Maps, the set up on your smartwatch will then give several alternatives to getting to your selected destination.

Aside from Maps functionality, Android Wear now finally has a fairly standard feature, the ability to set recurring alarms. Google has not sent out a full changelog, so I am presuming these are the only changes, although there are probably standard bug fixes and general performance enhancements too. A couple of other updates will land before the end of the year, one of them bringing the much anticipated GPS functionality to the Android Wear devices.

Are you rocking either the Moto 360 or Gear Live? How is the update for you, and there any new features or additions that we have missed?

source: AndroidBeat

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