Casio’s new outdoor watch is one of the first Android Wear 2.0 devices

Valentina Palladino
LAS VEGAS—Casio continues to go after the most outdoorsy among us with its newest smartwatch, the WSD-F20. The company officially announced the follow-up product to the WSD-F10 at CES, and it looks much like the original on the surface. However, Casio's device is one of the first we've seen that will run Android Wear 2.0, the next version of Google's wearable OS that has been delayed since last year.
The most noticeable physical difference between the new model and the original is that the WSD-F20 has a protective bezel and slightly larger side buttons that let you access its apps and tools. Otherwise, the WSD-F20 has the same 1.3-inch dual-layer LCD display that the WSD-F10 does, which can switch between all-monochrome and all-color to preserve battery life and a chunky exterior that's water-resistant up to 50 meters.
Casio improved on its ProTrek Smart watch features so that the new model can track more activities including trekking, fishing, cycling, and water and snow sports. There's also a new low-powered GPS in this model that can monitor your location even when the watch is offline, as well as colored maps that can be downloaded to the watch and viewed in online or offline modes. As a companion to those maps, the new Location Memory app on the watch will let users set pinpoints and text on maps so they can remember and revisit points of interest.
Another new feature comes in an app called Moment Setter, but it's focused on making activity monitoring more efficient. When personalized, the Moment Setter app will send important alerts to the watch, like best fishing times and recommended rest break intervals. Casio also lets group members stay connected even when on trails using the Moment Link app. This lets group members see each other's locations on color maps so they never get lost, and users can send text messages between members who are wearing the same watch. Garmin and Strava have similar location broadcasting features, but Casio went one step further with the text message capabilities—of course, you have to be wearing one of the company's smartwatches for that to work.
While we know Google is developing its own smartwatches, which will likely run the newest version of Android Wear, we have yet to see the wearable OS in action on a watch aside from its developer preview. Casio's WSD-F20 is one of the first devices we can anticipate with Android Wear 2.0, and it's not the only one from the watch company—Casio also announced that its WSD-F10 will be upgraded to Android Wear 2.0 this spring. Casio's WSD-F20 outdoor watch will be available on April 21 starting at $500.
Casio’s new outdoor watch is one of the first Android Wear 2.0 devices Reviewed by Bizpodia on 18:24 Rating: 5

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