For all of you die-hard Ingress fans out there, your missions are about to get much easier. Android Wear support is coming to Ingress, and will be rolled out sometime next month. Just like any other Android Wear app, you’ll still need to use your phone to run the application, but you’ll soon be able to glance down at your wrist for important Ingress updates while you’re playing.
For those who need clarification, Ingress is an augmented reality app developed by Google’s Niantic Labs back in 2012. Players can create and perform missions, allowing users to attack, reinforce or defend “portals” based on local landmarks. The game puts players either on the “enlightened” side or the “resistance” side, allowing them to battle against one another in hopes to gain a win.
A big problem with this game, however, is that users would have to use their smartphones to find different landmarks around their towns, making them keep their smartphones out while playing. With Android Wear support, players will get to keep their smartphones in their pockets while only using their smartwatches for guidance. Notifications will show up in the form of a Google Now-like card, telling you if a portal is in range or if it’s under attack. Here’s a preview of what the game will look like on a Wear device:
Android Wear support will be extremely convenient for users who play the game while out on a run or running errands. You can look for the update to hit the Play Store sometime next month. If you have yet to play Ingress, head to the Google Play Store link below to download it for free.