The Google Android Wear 5.1.1 over-the-air (OTA) update has started for Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch, after initially being delayed because of some performance problems. A tweet from Motorola Mobility claims that Android Wear 5.1.1 for Moto 360 brings support for Wi-Fi connectivity.
If the update does not show up on the device soon, users are advised to check for it manually, under Settings.
Phone Arena claims that the Wi-Fi support feature on Android Wear 5.1.1 will enable Wi-Fi connectivity on four smartwatches, such as the LG Watch Urbane, Sony SmartWatch 3 and Samsung Gear Live.
Motorola has released video clips that showcase the Android Wear 5.1.1 features that will come to Moto 360 smartwatches. The videos show how the watch can be connected to a Wi-Fi network, how to draw emojis on the display of the device, and how to use gestures to flick upward and downward to view new and previous notifications.
The arrival of Android 5.1.1 also brings other features, such as always-on applications and the ability to modify font sizes.
According to another post by Phone Arena, the LG G Watch R will receive Wi-Fi through a dedicated maintenance update that will be released in this year's third quarter. The smartwatches are usually paired with Android smartphones by establishing a Bluetooth connection. However, with the arrival of Wi-Fi connectivity, the handset and smartwatch will stay linked even if Bluetooth connectivity is lost.
As of this writing, the Motorola Moto 360 is available at a $100 discount via Best Buy, meaning the typical price of $249 would drop to $149.
Android 5.1.1 Wear Features on Moto 360:
Connecting To Wi-Fi
Scrolling With Gestures
Source: YouTube/Motorola Mobility