Android Wear Lollipop update could come as soon as tomorrow

Android Wear Lollipop update could come as soon as tomorrow
Tis the season for Android updates, and Android Wear isn't getting left out of the fun. A new report is suggesting that the Android Lollipop update could be coming to Android smartwatches as soon as tomorrow. The update isn't expected to be as big a change as it was for smartphones and tablets to go from KitKat to Lollipop, but there are some nice new features expected.

The news comes from Phandroid, which appears to have an inside source on the matter. The news is that the update will come as Android 5.0.1, and will include the updates that we had heard about in a previous leak. This would mean a number of improvements to make Android Wear easier to use, like easier access to battery and storage info, an option to restore dismissed cards, quick screen brightness toggles (regular, theater mode and sunlight mode), options for the visually impaired, and the actions menu will be reordered based on usage. 

There is also a new rumor that the update could "drastically improve battery life" for some Android Wear watches. And, it will probably become a running theme with Android Wear that each update will end up bringing new watch faces to various devices. Unfortunately, there's no word on the official watch face API, so it sounds like we might have to keep going with FaceRepo. 

source: Phandroid

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7 Comments

1. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I've been hesitating to pick up an Android Wear watch because I feel like it would be more of a novelty rather than something that is actually useful. Hopefully the 5.0 update adds some great features that will change my mind.

3. engineer-1701d unregistered

let me explain to you in a way that tech people can understand the android wear is perfect you get a text when driving you look at your wrist and the human brain can understand what it says without reading it all, you say send text to that person or you swipe left tap reply and say it and its done if driving you say ok google send text to and then say the message and its done if you have ear bud in you ear incoming message if text to speech text message is on. you get a vibration its your teams score or game w/l and next game or fav tv show next new show i cant tell you how much better texting is with it, its so so accurate. weather for tomorrow and time and date on watch face all day i used mine sent about 46 text from it and got some emails and pic message from roommate as well as google wallet payment confirmation for 6 transactions today and i just took it off for bed at 11:40pm from starting at 10am and still at 46% battery not to forget my regual android authority and android police notifications popping up and controlling my phones music player from the watch and also a punch in and out of work time card app i like on it

5. sgodsell

Posts: 6654; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Don't forget you can control your Chromecast as well using an Android Wear watch. For that matter you can control the camera on your smart phone using your Android Wear device. With the last update you can even install music right on the Android Wear smart watches. In order to listen to the music from your AW device, you need to pair it to either a Bluetooth speaker or headset. I even play space invaders or Doom on my Android Wear.

4. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I was hesitant at first as well but I could not pass a deal on a brand new LG G watch for $79 and $50 Google play store credit from Bestbuy 2 weeks ago. So far I love the watch because I spend less time whipping out my Note 4. And I was really surprised to see that people liked it when I went to work the following day. I didn't think it would turn heads. And battery life hasn't been a concern as long as I take it off before going to bed. I still consider this first gen but I trust that Google will not let it fail. I just recommend searching for a good deal because if you look hard you will find one. I personally wouldn't pay over $100 for any of these first gen devices but I'm really cheap. If the same deal was to repeat today I would do it again.

2. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Android wear on my Moto 360 looks pretty much like lollipop already. I am guessing the update won't change the design too much but just add more features maybe.

6. B00M_SHAKALAKA

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

How's the battery life on that throughout the day?

7. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

It's been a non-issue. I always take my watch off before bed and place it into the charger. No matter how much I use it I always have about 30% left at the end of the day. And this is with the screen on at all times. Even if these watches have a 7 day battery life I would still take it off to allow my skin to breathe. It would bother me to have a watch on while sleeping.

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