Smartwatches can be extremely practical tools when it comes to tracking runs as well as workouts. The huge bulk need that you also bring your smartphone along for the run or ride which, for some, restricts the allure of a wrist-mounted tracker.

Now running footwear firm New Equilibrium has actually announced that it will certainly be among the initial to release an Android-powered smartwatch that solves this problem. On Tuesday at CES, the company revealed that it will certainly release an Android Wear gadget later this year that will function untethered.

The gadget is expected to take place sale before the 2016 vacations, yet a precise launch day hasn’t been revealed. New Balance is partnering with both Google and Intel on the advancement of the watch.

New Balance hasn’t already released specifics on what the watch will appear like or precisely just how it will certainly function, though the service claims that the tool will certainly permit joggers to track runs via GPS as well as hear their songs without their smartphones. Google announced in November that it would certainly be supporting LTE-enabled Android Wear smartwatches.

However, when inquired about feasible LTE capability, Chris Ladd, New Equilibrium’s executive vice president of direct to consumer, declined to elaborate on the specifics of just how the watch will certainly function. But Ladd did highlight that enabling an untethered encounter was an essential goal for the company.

‘When we claim untethered, you don’t have to sync it with your phone, you do not need to keep up your phone,’ Ladd informed Mashable. ‘We understand that consumers do not really intend to keep up their phone. They do since it provided them with a lot of performance … they delighted in the GPS monitoring, they appreciated the songs, they appreciated having the ability to sync their heart rate up. We assume the following advancement of that is for people to really go on runs without their phones.’

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The watch is component of a larger press from the tennis shoe business to set up a major presence in the swiftly expanding sporting activities technology classification. The forthcoming Android Put on smartwatch will be the first product from an emerging tech-focused division within the business called New Balance Digital Sporting activity.

Through Digital Sport, New Balance will deal with companions like running application Strava and also wearable sporting activities tech business Zepp to create brand-new tech-focused products. These will consist of gadgets like smartwatches, sports clothing that uses embedded sensing unit technology (like Under Armour’s Gemini 2 sensor-enabled operating shoes) as well as linked fitness equipment.

It’s still very early days for the strategy, however, as well as New Balance says it anticipates extra items won’t be available till at the very least 2017.