The Asus Zenwatch is the second Android Wear device to get Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

The Asus Zenwatch is the second Android Wear device to get Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Up until today, the only Android Wear smartwatch that used Android 5.1.1 Lollipop was the recently-launched LG Watch Urbane. That changed today as the Asus ZenWatch has started receiving its update to the new Android version. Chances are that other Android Wear smartwatches are not far from getting the new update themselves.

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is a pretty big update for Android Wear smartwatches, as it comes with support for always-on apps, the ability to draw emojis, as well as new navigation gestures. Sadly, the most important new feature in the new Android Wear version, Wi-Fi, will not be enabled on the Asus Zenwatch. Note that this not a slip on the behalf of Asus software engineers. Wi-Fi will not be enabled on the Asus ZenWatch because the wearable lacks Wi-Fi radios.

As with all Android updates, 5.1.1 Lollipop will gradually roll out to Asus Zenwatch owners across the globe, meaning that it may take a while before your device gets the OTA update. Your smartwatch will bring out a notification when the update is available for your device, as it routinely checks for new software updates once every few hours. These are the steps that you should take in case that you want to manually check for updates: swipe down on the watch face -> swipe to Settings -> About > System Updates. 

If you can't wait for the OTA to reach your device, you can download the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OTA for the Asus Zenwatch from this link.


source: Reddit via Phandroid

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8 Comments

1. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I almost bought this watch yesterday. What stopped me, is that I'm a "new watch every 10yrs" kind of guy, and a smart watch doesn't have longevity. I don't need to add to my list of gadgets I need to update every 1-2 yrs. Phones and tablets are enough.

2. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

It's not really a "smartwatch" like the others but look into the Pebble Steel/Pebble Time Steel. It looks great and its one that would probably hold its functionality for quite a few years. My OG Pebble is still going strong and I have no desire to "upgrade" to an Apple Watch or Android Wear watch.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

How is the Asus Zenwatch not really a "smartwatch"? Especially since all Android wear smart watches can clearly do so much more then any Pebble watch, and that includes the latest Pebble Time as well. The Pebbles have no touch screen, and they have a much lower resolution e-ink display 144x168. The Asus Zenwatch has a much faster and higher resolution AMOLED display 320x320. The Zenwatch has 4 GB of storage, and the Pebbles have either 4 Mb or 8 Mb of storage. The Pebble is using a 120 MHz Cortex-M3 MCU with 128 Kb of ram. The Zenwatch has a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU with 512 Mb of ram. The Zenwatch has a 9-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, compass, bio-sensor, microphone. The Pebble has a 3-axis accelerometer, magnetometer, light sensor. You can install and listen to music directly from any Android wear watch. The Pebble only has a few MB which is not even enough for 1 song. There is Doom, and gameboy emulators for Android Wear right now. Things like that are impossible for any Pebble.

4. DroidDude

Posts: 1; Member since: May 16, 2015

Strange how a little punctuation changes an entire post! What nwright94 meant was "It's not really a "smartwatch" like the others (Comma) but look into the Pebble." Referring as how the Pebble is not really a smartwatch, Not the Zenwatch, which is the modern definition of a smartwatch.

6. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

Yeah, that's what I meant. Get lazy with punctuation and you say something totally different from what you mean. Thanks for explaining it =D

7. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

I meant Pebble, I typed it on my phone so I got a bit lazy with punctuation. The Zenwatch is definitely a smartwatch.

5. davidroso

Posts: 5; Member since: May 15, 2015

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8. netra

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 14, 2016

Hello, can i add barometer, compass and gyroscope in my Asus Zenwatch 2 (WI501Q) .... ?I have already tried via my cellphone with Zenwatch Manager and ASUS Zenfit but can't succeed. anyone help me?

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