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Android Wear 2.0 coming soon to the Polar M600 alongside new indoor swimming metrics


When Google unveiled the final build of Android Wear 2.0, the Mountain View company also confirmed which of the many smartwatches currently on the market would be receiving the update. One of these watches is the Polar M600. Now, Polar has announced the addition of indoor swimming metrics for this fitness-focused smartwatch with the coming update…

In addition to the many updates that come with Android Wear 2.0 like the Google Assistant, the Google Play Store, a revamped user interface, and more, Polar is including new indoor swimming metrics. These will include the ability to track the distance and pace of your swim, your strokes per minute, and how many strokes you were able to take within the length of the pool. Even more amazingly, the M600 will also be able to determine which type of stroke you were performing while swimming in an indoor pool.

Polar is known for its fitness accessories and trackers, and the M600 is no exception as it was built to be a dedicated fitness wearable first and foremost. The smartwatch features a 1.3-inch display, 4GB of storage, and supposedly up to 48 hours of battery life. What makes it great for exercise-related activities is its built-in heart rate sensor and GPS.

If you’re interested in picking up a Polar M600 for yourself, the Android Wear-powered fitness smartwatch is available for purchase in Charcoal Black and Powder White for $329.95.

You can read the full press release below:

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.

The newest update will be available to all Polar M600 users this Spring. Polar M600 is available now in Charcoal Black and Powder White for $329.95. Interchangeable wristband accessories are available in Red, White, and Black for $29.95.

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