This week Google has finally announced the long-awaited update of its Android Wear operating system, which was initially expected to be released last summer but has been delayed successively. Along with the announcement of this new version Google has presented two new watches in collaboration with LG, and one of them is focused precisely on sports activities (yes, I'll tell you all these news in another article).
They have also confirmed the list of devices that will receive the update (among which is the Polar M600:
- ASUS ZenWatch 2 & 3
- Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
- Casio PRO TREK Smart
- Fossil Q Founder
- Fossil Q Marshal
- Fossil Q Wander
- Huawei Watch
- LG G Watch R
- LG Watch Urbane & 2nd Edition LTE
- Michael Kors Access Smartwatches
- Motorcycle 360 2nd Gen
- Moto 360 for Women
- Motorcycle 360 Sport
- New Balance RunIQ
- Nixon Mission
- TAG Heuer Connected
But as I say, topic for another article. Let's see what's new with the Polar M600.
News for the Polar M600
Polar has also confirmed the update with the list of improvements you will receive, common to all other models with support for Android Wear 2.0:
- Support for customizable screen balls
- Clock-integrated Google Play application store (important, especially for iOS users)
- More capable Google Fit application, including the ability to track repetitions in the gym
- On-screen keyboard for answering messages or emails
- Google Assistant (in the supported languages, not being Spanish -for the moment- among them)
- Android Pay support (again, only in countries that support it)
These new features are not exclusive to the Polar M600, but will be present in all models that come to market with the new version of Android Wear or will be updated (see list above).
Polar will take the opportunity to include other new features that have nothing to do with the operating system, the main one being that the M600 will now have a swimming With the possibility of recording metrics. Distance, rhythm, strokes per minute or strokes per length. All this in addition to being able to detect the style of swimming (crawl, backstroke, butterfly or breaststroke). This is for swimming in a pool, not for swimming in open water.
Very important news, especially swimming, so we will have to revisit the test of the Polar M600 and update it by testing these additions.
When will the upgrade to the Polar M600 come in
The date is not defined, but Polar indicates that it will be "soon". If you know the pace of announcements and updates of Polar you will know that you have to take it with tongs, but I think it will not take too long because it is clear that Polar already had in mind to add support for swimming in pool so it will take time to work on it, since it has nothing to do with the new version of the operating system.
In addition, the update of Android Wear 2.0 is not something that depends directly on Polar, but now they simply have to undergo the various tests required before launching it officially and confirm that there are no compatibility issues, but with few corrections ahead.
And with that... thanks for reading!
I bought the M600 2 weeks ago being an IOS user and I was waiting for the android wear 2.0 as May water, I read that the update of the watches will be done on February 15th.
What I miss in the M600 is the upgrade to the M400, the ability to measure distance and cadence with the indoor accelerometer. Do you know if this upgrade will come for the M600 too?
Thank you and good article as always
So far, Polar has not indicated anything
Good!!!. I'm looking to see if I decide on a sports watch type totmtom spark 3 cardio musis or, seeing the features, a smartwach polar m 600. The doubt I have is that I think the polar m 600 can not be put route tracks, although I do not know if the new S.O. wear 2.0 will have some option. I have read that podrías use strava in the polar sinn need to have the tlf with internet access (I'm not very sure about it).
Yes, the new version of Strava for Android 2.0 supports direct use on the clock without depending on the phone.
As for route navigation, it will have to be with external applications. The M600 does not support this directly.
The doubt will be the polar m600 or the TomTom runner 3 and the swimming profile...