Strength train­ing added to An­droid Wear 2.0

OS now au­to­mat­i­cally de­tects work­outs, re­veals MICHAEL SI­MON

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Whether you have a new An­droid Wear 2.0 watch or a first-gen­er­a­tion model that just re­ceived an up­date, they’re about to get a lot more buffed. We al­ready know the new Google Fit app brings a bunch of new track­ers and mo­ti­va­tors for work­out buffs, but in the lat­est up­date, Google is fi­nally turn­ing on the best new fea­ture.

Back when we re­viewed the LG Sport and Style watches, we noted a strange dif­fer­ence be­tween them

re­gard­ing one of Google Fit’s bet­ter fea­tures. On the Sport, we were able to ac­ti­vate Strength Train­ing, which used the watch’s sen­sors to au­to­mat­i­cally track what we were do­ing (sit-ups, weight lift­ing, and so on), and count our reps. But on the Style that op­tion wasn’t present, and we couldn’t fig­ure out why.

Ap­par­ently there wasn’t a good rea­son. The new Google Fit An­droid Wear up­date de­liv­ers Strength Train­ing to all An­droid Wear 2.0 watches new and old. To find it, you’ll need to se­lect the Fit Work­out com­pan­ion app and scroll down to Strength Train­ing.

In ad­di­tion to Strength Train­ing, the app up­date also brings a new unit set­tings fea­ture. To ac­cess it, and scroll down to the bot­tom of the main screen un­til you get to Set­tings. Tap it and you’ll see a Units op­tion that lets you switch be­tween the met­ric and im­pe­rial sys­tem. The up­date is rolling out to An­droid Wear 2.0 watches, but you can side load the Google-signed APK from APK Mir­ror.

While older and even many newer An­droid Wear 2.0 watches won’t be able to take ad­van­tage of An­droid Pay, the fit­ness ben­e­fits are avail­able to all. And the new up­date will fi­nally bring the best fea­ture to all watches, tak­ing them one step closer to be­com­ing the per­sonal train­ers we know they can be. Now, if only Google could hurry up and bring it to more watches.

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