Google Rolls Out Android 5.1.1 Update For All Compatible Smartwatches
Google has just announced on one of its product forums that the Android Wear 5.1.1 update has started rolling out to all compatible smartwatches.
Android Wear 5.1.1 is a major update to Google’s wearable platform, chief among the new features being Wi-Fi support. With Android 5.1.1, smartwatches will be able to connect to wireless networks and stay in sync with your Android smartphone even when the Bluetooth connection is lost.
For example, Asus ZenWatch, LG G Watch and LG G Watch R won’t receive Wi-Fi support. On the other hand, LG Watch Urbane, Moto 360, Sony Smartwatch 3 and Samsung Gear Live will get Wi-Fi support through Android Wear 5.1.1 update.
Other new features included with this update are support for always-on apps, a new gesture for accessing apps and contacts (a left swipe from the watch face), the ability to change the font size, and support for emoji drawing.
Then there’s the new heads-up notifications system, which will make text messages appear on-screen even when you are looking at something else on your watch.
The update also provides users with the option to change fonts and the possibility to lock their watch’s screen when they are not wearing it.
Google’s post in the Android Wear Help Forum also says that the update will only roll out to users who are running the latest version of the Android Wear companion app.