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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It's not that bad, really
by ekollof on Fri 12th Jun 2015 11:50 UTC
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The Moto 360 might not have gotten the latest, but it had pretty weak hardware right out of the gate. The LG G-Watch which came out before is running 5.1 now, and so is the Samsung one that came out at the same time. Just because your 360 isn't updated isn't strictly Google's fault, but Motorola failing in speccing it correctly (and hyping the damn thing as *the* watch to have). LG did a way better job in providing more future-proof hardware.

I never liked the 360 (flat tire, booo), and rocked my G-Watch for quite a while, and it works fine to this day. I gave it to my wife and caved in to buying the Urbane. Yeah, specwise it is the same as the G-Watch R from LG, but it is a thing of beauty.

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