Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Moto 360's Update for Android 5.1.1 is Rolling Out From Today

 
Despite being the most popular of the Android Wear devices, the Motorola Moto 360 is the last to get its update to Android 5.1.1. Motorola admitted a few weeks ago that the update was delayed due to some performance issues, however that seems to have been dealt with after Google’s Wayne Piekarski confirmed that the Android Wear update for the Moto 360 to Android 5.1.1 is rolling out from today. Of course, with any update issued over-the-air, don’t expect your device to be updated straight away – it could take days or weeks for your smartwatch to be updated depending on the rate of the roll-out.
For those who aren’t sure what will be included in the Android 5.1.1 update, here’s a nice summary provided by Droid-life:
  • Always-on screen, always-on apps: Most Android Wear watches include an always-on screen—no tapping, twisting or shaking required to see what time it is. Now we’re expanding this option to apps, so they can stay visible as long as you need them, instead of disappearing when you drop your arm. Perfect for running, navigating, or grocery shopping!
  • New launcher & Wrist gestures: Now you can access your apps and contacts by simply swiping left from the watch face. Android Wear also now responds to specific navigation gestures so you can scroll between cards with a simple flick of the wrist. Learn more with our YouTube video.
  • Draw emojis: In response to texts, instant messages, or emails, you can now send emojis to your contacts by drawing them on your watch screen. The watch will recognize the emoji you drew and send it via whichever messaging app you’re using. Give it a try by selecting “Draw emoji” whenever you’re replying to a message!
  • Heads-up notifications: Incoming notifications like text messages will now appear on-screen even when you’re looking at something else on your watch, like directions or fitness stats, so you won’t miss anything important.
  • Switching watches made easier: The Android Wear companion app now lets you pair your phone with more than one watch at a time – ideal for swapping watches to match your style.
  • Change your font size: Want to see more text on your watch screen? Or less? You can now adjust the font size from your watch’s settings.
  • Lock your watch’s screen: Want to lock your watch’s screen when you’re not wearing it? Turn on the new “Screen lock” feature from your watch’s settings. When enabled, if your watch detects you’re not wearing it (or it loses the connection to your phone) for a period of time, then your specified swipe pattern will be required to unlock it.