Peloton app comes to Wear OS 3 smartwatches
The app monitors your heart rate during your workout, but it can't do much more than that for now.
What you need to know
- The Peloton app is now available on Wear OS 3.
- For the time being, the app only has a few features, such as monitoring your heart rate.
- However, it falls far short of what its Apple Watch counterpart currently offers to users.
Wear OS smartwatches must be viewed as fitness-focused wearable devices above all else in order to compete with the Apple Watch, so expanded third-party app support is always a welcome development. The latest fitness company to roll out support for Wear OS is Peloton.
Peloton has rolled out a digital app for Wear OS 3 smartwatches, including the Google Pixel Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series, and the Galaxy Watch 5 lineup (via 9to5Google). The app's arrival on Wear OS is a long time coming, with Peloton having long supported the Apple Watch.
The app is available to download via the Play Store, though it doesn't support certain countries. Like most fitness apps, the Peloton app works to track your health metrics, such as your heart rate. It displays these pieces of information in a watch face-like interface. Additionally, the app displays data about your pace and workouts right on your wrist.
Beyond that, there's not much it can do. For example, the app is currently unable to initiate a workout from any of the best Android smartwatches. In order to do so, you need to rely on a paired smartphone. 9to5 also points out that there's no way you can pair your Wear OS watch with a Peloton bike at the moment, unlike what you can do with the Apple Watch.
It's a shame given that Apple Watch owners are already able to do that with a Peloton Bike+. If you don't mind missing out on the abovementioned features, you can head over to the Google Play Store and hit the install button.
The Google Pixel Watch has been one of the most eagerly anticipated devices in recent years. Now that the wait is over, Google has done an excellent job of delivering a combination of fast and smooth software and an industrial design worthy of its price tag.
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Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He has been writing about consumer tech and apps for as long as he can remember, and he has used a variety of Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. Send him a direct message via Twitter or LinkedIn.