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Casio to launch new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch in April with GPS support

Casio has announced plans to launch the WSDF20 smartwatch in April. The rugged device will run Android Wear 2.0 and include GPS support.

Published onJanuary 4, 2017

In 2016, watch maker Casio launched the WSDF10, with Android Wear 1.0. The rugged device got a lot of attention and now the company has confirmed during CES 2017 it will launch a successor, the Casio WSDF20. It will come with Android Wear 2.0 out of the box, and will add GPS support as well.

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According to Digital Trends, the Casio WSDF20 will share many of the same features as the older WSDF10. Both have the same three buttons on the right of the smartwatches, and both will also have the same U.S. MIL-STD-801G rating for toughness, along with being able to handle up to 50 meters of water resistance. However, the addition of GPS support is certainly a major one, and will allow you to track your location even if you are offline.

The WSDF20 will use map data from Mapbox, and the smartwatch will also allow users to download maps for use offline.  In addition, the device’s Location Memory app will let you customize those maps with text and markers, in case you need some reminders of where certain things are located. The watch will even come with a “anti-fouling coating” on its display, which in theory should keep fingerprint smudges to a minimum.

The Casio WSDF20 is scheduled to go on sale on April 21, but so far the company has not revealed a price tag for the smartwatch. The older WSDF10 model is scheduled to get a software upgrade to Android Wear 2.0, but again there’s no word on when exactly that will happen. Android Wear 2.0 itself is suppose to be officially available sometime in the first quarter of 2017, and Google will launch the first two smartwatches with the OS out of the box in early 2017 as well.

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