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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RE[2]: Comment by sb56637
by PieterGen on Fri 12th Jun 2015 16:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by sb56637"
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I think that with distributions such as Gentoo, Arch or Slack you can run cutting edge stuff on older hardware. It depends on what parts you want to be cutting edge. You may not be able to have btrfs as a file system, run the Gnome 3.14 desktop environment or use the latest cutting edge graphics applications on your 10 year old laptop. But perhaps that old beast is perfectly capable to run the latest kernel, vim or python.

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