The original Motorola Moto 360 will not be updated to Android Wear 2.0

The original Motorola Moto 360 will not be updated to Android Wear 2.0
Motorola has announced that the original Moto 360 smartwatch will not be updated to Android Wear 2.0, the revamped wearable version of Android that Google unveiled a couple of weeks ago at the I/O conference.

Earlier today, Motorola started pushing a security update (which is not related the Android Wear 2.0 update) to the second-generation Moto 360 smartwatch. A few hours later, Motorola's support team responded to a Twitter inquiry into the availability of the update for the original Moto 360. Obviously misinterpreting the question, the support team revealed that the original Moto 360 will not receive the Wear 2.0 treatment:


Compared to its predecessor, Android Wear 2.0 brings a revamped UI design complete with new Material Design principles for Wear 2.0, standalone apps, support for handwriting recognition, as well as automatic fitness tracking. It turns out that the original Motorola Moto 360 isn't getting any of that, but at least the company announced that the smartwatch will continue to get essential patches.

Fragmentation has always been one of Android's disadvantages compared to iOS, its main and apparently only rival. Google's latest numbers show that only 10% of active Android devices run on 6.0 Marshmallow or later. By contrast, iOS 9 is installed on more than 84% of active devices.

Unfortunately, it looks like the wearable version of Google's OS is going to inherit the fragmentation issues that have plagued the standard version of Android in the past few years. 

What do you guys think, is anyone surprised to learn that a device that Motorola originally launched back in September 2014 has stopped receiving major Android updates?

source: Motorola

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27 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17078; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Bad form, Moto.

10. maherk

Posts: 6677; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Like it would matter if they updated it? With all the updates I received when I had the 1st gen 360, the watch still lagged with every single task, and the battery would die in 2 hrs at times just because it wanted to.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Because it's a terrible watch.

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I still have my moto 360 1st gen and it's fine with no issue. It's been 18 months and everything is still sweet. My Samsung gear 1st gen die is 13 months right after warranty expires. I own the watches so I know what's what for a fact. Mxy don't even own any smart watch so there no basis for his remark except to troll. I also own the moto 360 sport which is my daily driver for jog. I like it and will keep buying Android watches. I have own a total of 8 smart watches.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5602; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, as expected too Very stupid of Moto to use a 4 year old SoC (now 6 years old)

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5602; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

BTW the LG G Watch isn't getting AW 2.0 either Because the LG G Watch doesn't have a hardware button

29. Doakie

Posts: 2465; Member since: May 06, 2009

I'm running the current version on my G Watch and wish could roll back to the older version before I updated. The new version is slow to display incoming calls and it has other small frustrations...

2. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

I am pretty sure the hardware is there for an update, they are just not bothered to update it.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5602; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I wouldn't be so sure The SoC is 6 years old now

20. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

oh, my bad, I thought it used the snapdragon 400 with lower clock speeds

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5602; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

No worries

3. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Thanks moto for saving time for those people who may have trouble making the decision on which watch they are gonna buy next.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol and this is why you should no longer purchase Motorola products. Ultimately, I was right about it given the circumstances here.

5. surethom

Posts: 1576; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

That's Lenovo for you they just don't understand consumers like removing the headphone jack. I wish someone else had bought Motorola.

27. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Yeah. Lenovo is pretty notorious for using outdated hardware in even their "top of the line" PC's. They need to get with it.

6. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Last product I bought from Lenovo is now the moto 360. Now I'll have to buy a watch from a different company

7. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

im sure there will a port for it from xda developers

8. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

A normal news for Android lovers.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yup normal indeed.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17078; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And the normal bitterness and tears from you.

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2529; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Gonna go out on a limb and say that it's probably related to the ill advised TI chip they used for the 1st gen Moto 360.

17. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

They need a Nexus line for smartwatches and Android Wear. Actually, a full line of Nexus products would be awesome, to show these other manufacturers how it's done.

23. Zylam

Posts: 1781; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yup and a new Nexus 7!!!

19. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Shame on you Motorola!! You cant even update your latest smartwatch flagship, what kind of support is that!!

21. Jevon5

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 15, 2016

Pretty sure it says "Original Moto 360", which is the first iteration, not latest. Either way both the moto 360s are garbage compared to my gear s2. Can't wait for the gear s3

22. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Blame Moto for chosing the super outdated SOC : Ti Omap =DDD

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Android doesn't have fragmentation. If a device can't run the laest, then why force it too. No one wants to be like some companies trying to force new software onto older hardware and it be slow and unuseble. I don't need to have the same version number if it isn't going to provide a benefit.

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