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Wear OS by Google™ update for Polar M600 out now

May 9, 2018

What was previously known as Android Wear 2.0 is now Wear OS by Google™. The update is now available for the Polar M600 GPS smartwatch.

Keep reading to find out how to get your hands on it and what’s new or head to the Polar M600 support pages for more info on the update.

Polar M600 meetS Wear OS by Google™

The Polar M600 is the sports smartwatch from the smart sports watch people. (Try saying that three times in a row!)

GPS smartwatch

According to our Polar M600 vs Polar V800 comparison, the Polar M600 is like a “secret agent who’s wearing stylish black and brimming with athletic vigor”, but if that’s not evocative enough here’s a short introduction to both Polar M600 and Wear OS by Google™:

Wear OS by Google™ is the newest update to Google’s smartwatch OS. It lets you make the most out of the ever-expanding world of Android with apps for every need.

  • Control music right from your wrist
  • Find yourself on the map
  • Get assistance on the go
  • Choose from numerous Wear OS by Google apps

The Polar M600 is a waterproof GPS smartwatch that comes with Polar’s unique Smart Coaching features that turn your activity and training data into actionable insights.

  • Wrist-based heart rate
  • Integrated GPS
  • Polar Running Program
  • 24/7 activity tracking
Reply to messages with Polar M600
Reply to messages on the go

What can you do with Wear OS by Google™?

The previous update (Android Wear 2.0) introduced these improvements:

  • Installing apps on Polar M600 (both Android and iOS)
  • Responding to messages is easier: canned replies, keyboard and drawing letters
  • Customizing watch faces with complications
  • Revamped music controls

Now on top of these, the new updated Wear OS by Google™ experience offers a bunch of new functionalities, allowing you to:

  • Use the battery saver mode to extend your smartwatch’s battery life
  • Turn the touch screen on or off (very useful in situations where you don’t want the display to respond, such as in water)
  • Adjust the strength of notification vibration (normal, long, double)
  • Manage reminders offline

Read more about Wear OS by Google™ for Polar M600 users.

Customize watch faces with complications

Wear OS by Google™ gives you more opportunities to customize what you see on the screen. The widgets, called complications, can be customized to show steps taken, calories burned, upcoming meetings, battery life and much more.

The Polar M600 experience with iPhones

The Android Wear 2.0 update brought some much-awaited improvements to the Polar M600 smartwatch experience for iPhone users. All the new opportunities Android Wear 2.0 offered to iPhone owners are, of course, still available with the Wear OS by Google™ update.

Apps. Apps everywhere.

One of the biggest changes on Android Wear 2.0 was the opportunity to access Google Play directly via the Polar M600, download apps and use them on the Polar M600. For iOS users, this means they have access to the multitude of apps available for Android Wear/ Wear OS by Google™.

Improved battery life

Another important change was the improved battery life on the Polar M600 when connected to an iPhone.

You can expect a battery life of 1.5 days of connected use and approximately 8 hours of use with GPS and wrist-based heart rate.

Important note for iOS users: to extend the battery life of your Polar M600, you have to first install the Android Wear 2.0/ Wear OS by Google™ update, then do a factory reset and take the smartwatch into use again.

For detailed instructions, read more about how to update your Polar M600.

How Polar M600 stacks up with other Polar watches

Polar M600Polar A370Polar M200Polar M430Polar V800
Wrist-based heart ratexxx x
 GPSxx x x
Indoor running metrics (speed and distance from the wrist)x x x
GLONASS x
Smart Notificationsxx x x x
Smartwatch OS
(Wear OS by Google™)
x
Music storage and playbackx*
Swimming metricsx x
Multi-sport mode x
Connectivity with Bluetooth smart sensorsHeart rateHeart rate Heart rate Heart rate, Stride Heart rate, Cadence, Speed, Power, Stride
Battery life2 days with Android
1.5 days with iPhone
4 days6 days20 days 30 days
Battery life with GPS8 hN/A6 h 8 h13/50 h (low-power GPS)
DisplayColor touchscreen, 240×240 pxColor touchscreen, 80×160 pixels Black-and-white display, 1342 px Black-and-white display, 128×128 px Black-and-white display, 128×128 px

*Music storage only when connected to Android devices

What can you do next?

If you have the Polar M600, here are instructions on how to install the Wear OS by Google™ update.

If you don’t yet have a smartwatch designed for fitness and sports, but you’re looking for one, take a look at the Polar M600 in the official Polar webstore.

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