Android Wear smartwatches will be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the coming months

Last week, LG and Google unveiled the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE (pictured above), which became the world's first Android Wear smartwatch to feature cellular connectivity. We're now learning that this is also among the first watches to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Android Wear, and that the new version of the OS will be made available to other watches. More exactly, all Android Wear watches released until now (including the very first models from last year: Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch) will be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

While the Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Android Wear SDK is already available for developers to download (as API 23), over the air updates for older watches might not be released before the end of the year. According to Google, OTA updates will be rolled out "in the coming months", so for now there's no exact release date.

Among the new things that Marshmallow for Android Wear is bringing, we must mention a new app permissions model, speaker support, and support for Intel x86 processors (the recently released TAG Heuer Connected being the first to use such a processor).

source: Android Developers Blog via Droid-life



7. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

So you can't escape fragmentation on Android Wear huh

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

not a big deal, all OS is fragmented :-/

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's amazing how LG can crank out some two great smartwhces, the G Watch R and the Urbane, but they can't seem to put out good phones anymore like they did with the G2.

5. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The Watch R is great on paper. It had a very major issue with dead pixels between the 11 and 12 o'clock mark. The bezel is poorly finished as it get scratched so damn easily. And the leather band was one of the cheapest found on an Android Wear watch. But I totally agree with you on the G2's case. LG needs to realize that while many of us love phablets, the majority outside want a compact phone. A 5/5.2" G5, with that same great battery as the G2, would be a dream phone for many of us.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I just want a G# that doesn't overheat, doesn't have a mediocre display, doesn't lag, doesn't have a terrible battery life, and doesn't have a bloated interface.

8. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Well the G4 had a fantastic screen, one of the best in 2015. Performance wasn't an issue, and as far as I know, it didn't have heating issue(i might be wrong on this one). I just think that size is playing a big part in the poor sales of the G3 and G4.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right, GFLex2 overheat too much, and G4 is only midranger with great camera, thats all hope GFlex3 and G5 can do well next year, since LG V10 is a great midranger

11. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

G4 and V10 are great "midrangers"?? Lol

15. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

I think he means these are midrangers because they use SD808

13. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

As per linus' tests, the G4 does not overheat or throttle in any way. Battery life is mediocre but not terrible. Interface is still bloated though. Why not give it a chance?

2. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Google needs to give us an overhaul in the Android Wear UI. It is ugly, cluttered, and that ugly white background needs to go. Give is the option to disable Google Now, I don't use it, and it just drains the battery on my Huawei Watch while doing nothing. And most importantly, give us the freedom to use the side button for more than just going back or to the settings menu. Just compare tizens and watchOS with Android Wear and you ll get my point.

3. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

Yup, they need to have a black and gray theme that looks sophisticated. I hate the white and pastel colors, looks terrible.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7659; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly Maherk you are showing the world that you haven't used an Android Wear watch. On one hand you say the UI is cluttered, yet each card is clear and concise. Not to mention each card will only display the relevant information from an app or Google Now which sends the notification in the first place. Then you go on with some crap about how Google Now drains the battery. If you really owned a Huawei watch, then you would know that with Google Now running, and the watch face constantly on. You can easily go more than a day with the Huawei watches 300 mha battery. I guess you don't know that with All Android Wear watches you can perform a double or triple click on the button. The double click turns on theatre mode or in other words turns off the watch face. A triple click will maximize the displays brightness setting. Tizen is a pretty good OS, but Apples watchOS is very restrictive and limiting. Just compare and look at the APIs and you will get my point. For instance how do you make a watch face on watchOS? You can with Tizen, and Android Wear, but that is impossible with watchOS. How can you make the watch face stay on all the time? You can with Tizen, and Android Wear, but its impossible with once again Apples watchOS. How can your watch app talk to a server or another device directly via WiFi or Bluetooth? You can do this with Android Wear, but its impossible with Apples watchOS. If you knew anything about development, then you would know how restrictive and limiting Apples watchOS really is. I guess that is why Apple is working on another watch that should arrive in April of next year, or 5 months from now. As it stands today, Apples watchOS is too reliant on the iPhone.

14. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Because the whole experience is only based on the google cards right? Not the way you access your apps, or settings. And when did I talk about what Android Wear vs Tizen and WatchOS can do? For me, I use my smartwatch for notifications only. As for the side button, I know what double pressing does, but didn't know about the 3 tap thing. Still, my point was, why not give us the option to quick access a favorite app? Or a recent app? Tizen had that since the original gear, and I might be wrong, but I also know that you can do that on the Apple Watch. Anyways, no need to get mad about my opinion, I don't need to prove it to you that I had the 1st Moto 360 and now the Huawei Watch, and that if it wasn't for their designs, I would ve went with tizens in a heart beat. Either Google needs to give us a better experience, or make Android Wear more open by giving OEMs the right to put their own skin on top of it.

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Thanks for the heads up Florin!

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