Strava's app now officially supports Android Wear 2.0, and it comes at a great time as the latest version of the Android Wear software was just announced by Google yesterday morning alongside new watches from them and LG – the LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport. In addition to ensuring that their app supports the new version of Android Wear the day after the launch was announced, Strava's Android Wear 2.0 app will also be taking advantage of the handful of fitness-related improvements that the platform now supports, which includes things like pace, laps, distance, and more.
Watches like the LG Watch Sport will have GPS built-in, which is perfect for Strava as they offer a feature called Beacon that makes use of GPS as a safety measure for runners, cyclists and other athletes. The feature is meant to alert loved ones to your location in real-time, and if you haven't returned home or wherever you were supposed to be on time, then these "safety contacts" as Strava is calling them will be able to follow up with a check of your last known location and if you've stopped moving, then take the next step in either trying to contact you or find out what went wrong.
Beacon is a premium feature and will be available to those on Android Wear 2.0 devices, but it's also one of a handful of features with the app that users can interact with on their wrists. Beyond having a decent feature offering supporting the new version of the Android Wear software, the app is even easier to install on Android Wear 2.0 devices as it introduced the Play Store app installations from the watch, meaning users can open up the Play Store on the watch directly, search for Strava, and install it. No having to mess with installation from the phone, though users who are planning to take full advantage of the Strava app will want the app installed on their mobile device as well. That being said, because Android Wear 2.0 devices like the LG Watch Sport come with GPS and LTE connectivity, the watch will be the only thing you need to have while out exercising if you don't wish to take your phone with you.