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]: Look at FirefoxOS
by Lennie on Fri 12th Jun 2015 22:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Look at FirefoxOS"
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The reason we have the situation now is... why upgrade the OS and breathe new 'life' into older devices when they can get people to sign up for a new contract and get a new device?

That's been my whole problem with the smart phone 'revolution' in general.

Don't get me started on that. I just hate it when smartphones can't have their batteries replaced and so on.

Let's just call it what it is: consumer economy and planned obsolescence.

These are just concepts that were created by people and didn't exist a long time ago. The modern consumer economy was created by economists and modern advertising was created by psychologists. Don't be fooled.

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