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Polar M600 – New Functionality Announced as it moves to AndroidWear 2.0

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We looked at the Polar M600 a few months back in a detailed review and it faired well. I’ve seen a few other AndroidWear watches and have seen the specs of yet more of them. There seems to be a broad consensus that the M600 is the best of the AndroidWear bunch for sports usage. With the very recently announced LG Sports watch POSSIBLY being its closest rival (TBC).

FWIW: I like the M600 and use it and would generally recommend it to someone wanting an AndroidWear sports watch. It has many plus points including: a great Polar app; ability to run other sports apps; good Android phone integration that actually works for me; optical HR when swimming; and great looks. Perhaps the only downsides for me were: the small text on AndroidWear itself; an overly sensitive touchscreen when swimming; and a lacking in the swim functionality of the Polar app.

ESSENTIAL READING: Polar M600 Detailed Review

Polar have just announced support for AndroidWear 2.0. This means that soon after AndroidWear 2.0 is released by Google then the M600 will be updated.

Wednesday 15th February 2017 is likely to be the date that Google release Version 2.0 of AndroidWear, brining this new functionality to the platform – in bold indicates potential significance to sports’ usage.

Of specific note with Polar’s upcoming app release to support AW2.0 on the M600 include:

But that functionality is not just for the Polar M600. This is the list of supported devices: Asus ZenWatch 2  &3; Casio WSD F10; Fossil Q Founder/Wander/Marshall; Huawei Watch; LG G Watch R/Urbans (1st and 2nd gen); Michael Kors Access Bradshaw; Moto 360 (1st & 2nd gen); New Balance RunIQ; Nixon Mission; Polar M600; and Sony Smartwatch 3.

So, all that is great. Much of it is not so relevant to the in-sport experience. Auto sport-detection should be interesting and I’m always pleasantly surprised if/when such features work. But of particular interest to the M600 is that swim-stroke detection is also supported as are some new M600 swimming metrics. This extra swim functionality is great as I had tried to use the swim.com app to get some more swimming data from the M600 on AndroidWear v1 … but swim.com had a bug on the M600 platform and didn’t work. Oh well. Too late for them now I suppose.

 

—————————– Press Release Follows —————————-

Polar Announces Polar M600 Android Wear 2.0 Update and New Swimming Metrics

 

Updates to the M600 include:

 

KEMPELE, FINLAND – Feb. 9, 2017 – Polar, the leader in wearable sports technology, introduces Android Wear 2.0 compatibility and indoor swimming metrics to their Polar M600 smartwatch. Available soon, the latest Android Wear update enables both Android and iOS users to access the Google Play store via the watch, download apps and operate them directly on the Polar M600.

 

A sports watch at its core, Polar M600 now offers new indoor swimming metrics such as distance and pace, as well as strokes per minute and strokes per pool length. Polar M600’s latest metrics will even determine whether a swimmer is swimming freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke or butterfly.

 

Recently named an International CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Fitness, Sports and Biotech product category, Polar M600 is built for serious training while also boasting a sleek design for a connected lifestyle. Polar M600 features Polar’s proprietary 6-LED optical heart rate technology and industry-leading heart rate algorithms. These advanced technologies deliver incredible accuracy, stability and reliability that distinguish Polar from every alternative on the market. Polar M600 also offers integrated GPS, 24/7 activity tracking and Polar Smart Coaching features.

 

With Android Wear 2.0, Polar M600 has Google Assistant** built-in. Users can access also customize watch faces, receive calendar notifications, read and reply to texts, scroll through social media feeds and access even more apps via Google Play. The latest update also includes an improved user interface, a newly designed watch face and additional languages including Vietnamese, Turkish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Danish.

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