Android Wear 2.0 for the Polar M600 GPS smartwatch out now

April 5, 2017

Good news, everyone! The Android Wear 2.0 update for the Polar M600 GPS smartwatch started rolling out last week and is now available. Find out how to get your hands on it in the Polar M600 support pages or read on.

Polar M600 meet Android Wear 2.0

Polar M600 is the sports smartwatch from the smart sports watch people. (Try saying that 3 times in a row).

GPS smartwatch

According to our Polar M600 vs Polar V800 comparison, 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 Android Wear:

Android Wear 2.0 is the newest update to Google’s smartwatch OS. It lets you make the most out of the ever-expanding world of Android Wear with apps for every need.

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

Polar M600 is a waterproof 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 Android Wear 2.0?

The updated Android Wear experience is a whole new beast: It looks different, it handles different and there are a bunch of new functionalities. We’re sure everyone will have their own favorite improvements, but here are our top picks:

  • 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

Customize watch faces with complications

Android Wear 2.0 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

Do you have an iPhone or an Android phone? The Polar M600 smartwatch experience is somewhat different depending on your choice of smartphone but the Android Wear 2.0 update brings the experiences closer together. Especially iPhone owners should expect a whole slew of opportunities with the update.

Apps. Apps everywhere.

One of the biggest changes on Android Wear 2.0 is the ability to access the Google Play story via the watch, download apps and use them directly on the Polar M600. For iOS users, this means they now have access to the multitude of apps available for Android Wear.

Improved battery life

Another important change is 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 update, then do a factory reset and take the smartwatch into use again. For detailed instructions, read more here.

How Polar M600 stacks up with other Polar watches

Polar M600Polar A360Polar M200Polar M400Polar V800
Wrist-based heart ratexxx
 GPSx x x x
Indoor running metrics (speed and distance from the wrist)x x x
GLONASS x
Smart Notificationsxx x x x
Smartwatch OS
(Android Wear)
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
12 days6 days30 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 the update. If you don’t yet have it and are looking for a smartwatch designed for fitness and sports, have a look at Polar M600 in the official Polar webstore.

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