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!)
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
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
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 M600||Polar A370||Polar M200||Polar M430||Polar V800|
|Wrist-based heart rate||x||x||x||x|
|Indoor running metrics (speed and distance from the wrist)||x||x||x|
(Wear OS by Google™)
|Music storage and playback||x*|
|Connectivity with Bluetooth smart sensors||Heart rate||Heart rate||Heart rate||Heart rate, Stride||Heart rate, Cadence, Speed, Power, Stride|
|Battery life||2 days with Android|
1.5 days with iPhone
|4 days||6 days||20 days||30 days|
|Battery life with GPS||8 h||N/A||6 h||8 h||13/50 h (low-power GPS)|
|Display||Color touchscreen, 240×240 px||Color touchscreen, 80×160 pixels||Black-and-white display, 1342 px||Black-and-white display, 128×128 px||Black-and-white display, 128×128 px|
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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Please note that the information provided in the Polar Blog articles cannot replace individual advice from health professionals. Please consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.