Tag Heuer has released another big update to its Connected smartwatch, boosting swimming and running skills.
The Swiss watch company has been a huge proponent of smartwatches, and it’s been committed to keeping its Wear OS device updated with features.
The all-new swimming app will keep track of pool performance with tracking of laps, distance and interval breakdowns.
And it also goes further, with the ability to identify four types of swim stroke (breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and freestyle) and track SWOLF, which is a measure of swimming efficiency, and set up and track swimming intervals, too. You’ll find that data on Garmin swimming and sports watches, so this puts the Tag Heuer Connected into pretty exalted company.
The OLED screen will also show live progress while in the water, and you can start/stop the session using the pusher on the side, so you still get an element of control.
And that’s not the only feature being added to the Tag.
Indoor running is being added to the existing tracking of outdoor workouts. Of course, GPS won’t work inside on the treadmill, so the Tag Heuer will record the heart rate profile of the session.
After the session is done, you can add the distance recorded by the treadmill to the watch, and it will then crunch the numbers and display the pace for the session in the analytics. It’s a simple, but very effective approach to indoor run tracking.
The new update comes off the back of a major overhaul of the Connected back in March 2021. That’s when Tag Heuer added a new Wellness app – and golf tracking to all of its Connected smartwatches.
It was part of a larger theme of manufacturers of Wear OS devices adding their own tracking and features to devices to fill in the gaps of Google’s stagnating operating system.
But now Google has announced its unifying Wear OS with Samsung’s Tizen – which will be the biggest update to Wear OS since its launch.
We still don’t know if smartwatches such as the Tag Heuer Connected will receive the new unified OS.
The new features are rolling out to Tag Heuer smartwatches as an over-the-air update now.
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