Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Jun 2015 10:37 UTC

When Android Wear came out over the course of last year, Google promised that the young, new platform would receive updates "early and often". While it wasn't said with so many words, it's easy to read between the lines: Google was going to make sure Android Wear users wouldn't face the same headaches as Android users when it comes to updates. Wear would be a more tightly controlled platform, built in such a way that updates could go straight to users' devices without meddling from carriers or roadblocks thrown up by crappy customisations.

Fast forward to June 2015, and Google has recently released Android Wear 5.1.1, which, despite its humble version number increase over 5.0.1, is a pretty significant update to the smartwatch platform. It enables WiFi on devices that support it, adds new ways to interact with your watch, and makes it easier to launch applications. All in all, it looks like a great update.

Sadly, I can only go by what others have told me, despite owning the poster Android Wear device - the Moto 360.

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Voting with my wallet
by darknexus on Fri 12th Jun 2015 11:45 UTC
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This situation has gone on long enough now, and it's time we, as users, put our money where our mouth is.

And how do you suggest we do that if we, quite literally, don't have an option to vote for? Should I buy a Nexus 6 even though I find it to be far too large and overpriced on the magnitude of an iPhone? Should I go back to the iPhone, which I can't stand, or go to Windows 10 Mobile where almost none of the apps I use exist? Blackberry? don't make me laugh. I'd love nothing more than to vote with my wallet but, save for buying a used Nexus 5 (which won't make any sort of statement) I do not have anything to put my money into that works for me. In the end I had to compromise and go with a Moto G 2nd gen (and by the way I still don't have the 5.1 update). The only way we can vote, I guess, is to never buy a phone from any carrier, but I do that already as a matter of course to avoid bloatware and expensive long-term contracts. Somehow I don't think carrier or no carrier sends a message to Google, or the phone OEMs. And don't give me any of that custom rom stuff. I know about it already. We're talking about voting with our wallet here, and what rom you install sends zero statement to anyone. Now, if we start seeing a large string of Cyanogen phones hit the market and we get updates on those no problem, then I'll cast my wallet vote there when it comes time for a new phone assuming they're not gigantic.

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