Android Wear getting another minor update

Android Wear getting another minor update
Android Wear is just getting started. The LG G Watch is likely in the hands of those who pre-ordered, and the Samsung Gear Live was scheduled to begin shipping yesterday. And, while the hardware is still on the way, Google is still working to polish the software with a new software update that is rolling out to the platform now.

Just like the last one, this looks to be a pretty minor update. The build number for the update is KMV78X, which is a small bump from the previous update, KMV78V. And, once again, we don't really know what's in the update. There was hope that the update might fix the issue with paid apps working with Android Wear, but it looks like that hasn't happened. It seems this is basically nothing but a bug fix/performance improvement update. 

As yet, the update appears to only be rolling out to the Samsung Gear Live. We haven't heard any reports of the update making its way to the LG G Watch, but it seems likely that it will be popping up soon enough. 

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6 Comments

1. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I got the Gear live yesterday. This is certainly an early adopter product and I wouldn't recommend it to any non-geek. I think the biggest things that need improvement are: longer battery life, better screen visibility, a light sensor to auto adjust to different environments, a speaker, and better voice controls that actually compensate for mistakes in speech. The software needs to be smart enough to ignore uhhs and umms, as well as understand when you say something incorrect and to adjust for it. Currently it's like talking to a three year old, where you try to form complete sentences and say every word correctly, but it needs to mimic conversational speech between adults where mistakes are often made but quickly corrected.

2. engineer-1701d unregistered

wow killgore, really i got my gear live on monday, took about 10 mins to update and set up but now its like how did i live without it, driving i just say ok google send text to and done in seconds speech is super fast. only wish it had a speaker to read out some of the cards or google answers. i had 1 time on a roof next to psi washer and roof fans when it misunderstood me, the moto has light adjust and i think speaker my battery is fine outruns my phone 60% after 10 hours of work and using it alot to show co-workers. would be better with a bigger battery.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The only question remain will Samsung invest on their own gear OS Tizen or Android wear. Their gear 1 and 2 has speaker and mic that allow user to talk thru it. I will wait and see before I pick up my next gear watch. My Neptune Pine will be arriving in 6 weeks according to kickstarter development. Finger cross.

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Hats off to the early adopters. Thanks for supporting the development of better devices for the rest of us!

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You are welcome. That's part of being a geek. There are a total of 5 smart watches, paid for Neptune pine, Hot watch, Agent, Sony smart watch 1 and Samsung gear 1. Still looking out for a good fitness watch.

6. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I am interested to see what Microsoft will bring to the table. It could be the first, if not the only one, to work on all 3 operating systems.

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