First-Gen Pixel Watch Gets New Update. What’s New?

First-Gen Pixel Watch Gets New Update. What's New?

Google has surprised owners of the original Pixel Watch with a software update that brings a selection of features previously exclusive to the Pixel Watch 2. This update demonstrates Google’s continued support for older devices and expands the functionality of the first-gen Pixel Watch.

While some features remain exclusive to the newer model, this update significantly enhances the user experience for those with the original smartwatch. Here’s an in-depth look at what this update brings to your first-gen Pixel Watch.

Enhanced Fitness Tracking

The most substantial changes in this update focus on improving the fitness tracking capabilities of the first-gen Pixel Watch. Here’s what’s new:

  • Auto-Start and Auto-Stop: Your Pixel Watch will now automatically detect the start and end of certain workouts, including running, walking, elliptical training, spinning, outdoor biking, and rowing. This means you no longer have to manually initiate or terminate workout tracking.
  • Pace Tracking: You can now set a target pace during your workouts. Your watch will monitor your progress in real-time, providing helpful feedback to help you stay on track.
  • Heart Rate Zone Monitoring: Your Pixel Watch will now track the amount of time you spend in different heart rate zones. This valuable data can help you optimize your workouts and gauge your fitness progress.

Other Notable Improvements

In addition to the fitness enhancements, the update also includes a few other useful features:

  • Public Transit Directions: Get turn-by-turn public transit directions right on your wrist, making navigation in unfamiliar locations easier.
  • Synced Do Not Disturb and Bedtime Mode: Your first-gen Pixel Watch and Pixel phone now stay in sync with your Do Not Disturb and Bedtime Mode settings, offering a more streamlined experience.

How to Get the Update

The update is rolling out to compatible first-gen Pixel Watches in phases. Here’s how to get it:

  1. Check for Updates: On your Pixel Watch, go to Settings > System > Updates.
  2. Download and Install: If the update is available for your device, you’ll see a download option. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

This update for the first-gen Pixel Watch delivers a welcome boost in functionality, particularly for fitness enthusiasts. It’s a testament to Google’s commitment to supporting its devices and making them more valuable for users over time.

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