While Android Wear saw plenty of the spotlight back in June during Google's I/O conference, the details on how the future might look for the platform have been pretty thin as of late. While the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live have been available for some time now, and with watches like ASUS's ZenWatch right around the corner (plus more from other manufacturers), the future is certainly bright for the watch platform.
A new interview published by CNET with Android Engineering Director David Singleton and Vice President of Android Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer has shed some light on what the future for Android Wear will look like. First and foremost, those third-party watch faces that we heard would get support at some point down the line for Android Wear is still coming, as confirmed in the Q&A session. Unfortunately, it's still up-in-the-air as to when that specific update will be coming, so it looks like it will remain an unofficial movemenet for now.
Two bigger updates to Android Wear include additons to Bluetooth support and GPS. According to Singleton, the Android Wear engineers are developing GPS support for the smart wearables, so that you won't necessarily need your smartphone to come along with you for specific functions. As outlined by Singleton, if you happen to like to go running and track that sort of information, with GPS support in the watch on your wrist, you could leave your phone at home, go for the run, and then have all the information synced to your device when you get back. Of course, this will only be supported by the smartwatches that offer the necessary hardware to make it happen.
What's more, with upcoming support for Bluetooth headsets, you could even be listening to music from your Android Wear smartwatch while you're on that run. Just another reason why these devices are becoming more independent. Not quite there yet, but certainly not from a lack of trying.