One of the many benefits of Android Wear 2.0 (for devices that have built-in GPS and LTE capabilities, at least) is that some Android Wear watches can now work entirely without a connected smartphone. One application that is taking full advantage of this is Strava, a fitness tracking application which can now work as a standalone app on Android Wear devices…

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Strava is an application that uses GPS to track your exercises. This can include bike rides, runs, laps in a pool, and much more. The best part about it, though, are the different metrics that it automatically generated based on the activities that you perform. Users of the service can then upload and share that data with others and even make a competition out of it.

With the latest update targeted specifically for Android Wear 2.0, users can do use all of these features on their watches without the need to bring along their smartphones.

If you’re interested in trying out Strava for Android Wear, just head on over to the Google Play Store on your watch and install it. If your wearable does have GPS and LTE built in, you will only need your smartphone for the initial setup process. Afterward, you can track and upload all of your fitness activity directly from your smartwatch.

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The full press release can be read below:

SAN FRANCISCO – February 9, 2017 – Strava, the social network for athletes, announces its Android Wear 2.0 app. Athletes can now take full advantage of an enhanced, untethered experience that includes built-in GPS and wireless connectivity, as well as the performance analysis Strava athletes desire such as time, distance, pace, laps and split times, and heart rate, all from their wrist.

“We welcome the highly anticipated release of Android Wear 2.0,” said Mateo A. Ortega, Head of Integration for Strava. “Wear 2.0’s standalone model is forward thinking and innovative, and pushes the limits of what we thought was possible. This platform introduces many features that benefit Strava athletes, such as the option to record and upload activities independent of their phone.”

Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches join more than 100 other GPS devices that work seamlessly with Strava. Athletes can install Strava for Android Wear 2.0 by visiting the Google Play store on their Wear device. The athlete only needs their iOS or Android phone for initial setup; they can then record and upload activities to Strava free of their mobile phone.

Strava makes it easy to connect and engage with other athletes. Download Strava for iOS or Android and upgrade to Strava Premium to access the latest features such as Beacon and Live Segments. To learn more about Strava, visit http://www.strava.com.

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