Moto 360 works om iOS

The New iOS Android Wear app is now available on the AppStore. One thing that was unclear though, was whether it would work with the first generation Moto 360. 

And yes it does!

The only thing you need to do is update your Moto 360 to the latest android wear 1.3. Version and pair it up with your iPhone. It should work beautifully. I have not been able to see what it is that you cannot do compared to the supported LG Urbane or Asus Zen 2 watches. 

Google claimed that they wanted to make this iOS app work with supported new smart watches on which it would work out of the box – ignoring the Moto 360. However, it seems to work just fine.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/31/9231701/moto-360-does-work-with-the-iphone

How to solve Battery Drainage Issues Android 5.1.1. on Moto 360

The Android 5.1.1. update brought a lot of fantastic features to Android Wear devices, such as wifi connectivity, an entirely new look and wrist gesture control.

All android wear devices felt brand new. The Android Wear 5.1.1. update lets most devices run a lot smoother than before and gave all smartwatches running it an entirely new competitive edge.

Issues after the update – battery drainage

Right after the release, we reported that the Moto 360 was suffering from strong battery drainage issues. The issues seemed to be related to the wifi connectivity and we started running some tests.

How did we go about testing: very simply and unscientifically – we turned all running apps on and off and monitored the battery drainage after each change for 15 minutes in idle mode, and for 15 minutes “playing around” with the Moto 360.

Long story short, I think we have found the root cause of the problem – and it is two-fold.

How to solve your battery issues

The first thing you need to do is: un-install all applications on your smartwatch/phone before running the Android 5.1.1. update. Any apps that are not fully compliant with the new software update, will drain your watch like mad.

After un-installing Evernote, Asana and most importantly IFTTT, and THEN updating the Moto 360, it ran smoothly. The battery drainage had gone down significantly (uplift of >55%). This could be due to the fact that these applications use location based services and continuous updates. These continuous updates are a huge strain on the device.

Turn off the wifi functionality when your phone is near

When your phone is not far away, in the same network – then you do not need the wifi connectivity. The Moto 360 will start to toggle between wifi and bluetooth and search for both channels and connections without stopping.

We have noticed that when you are in the same network as your smartwatch, the battery is fully depleted within 3-4 hours. And that is under normal regular usage.

There is an option in the Moto 360 settings that lets you choose for how long you would like to stay connected when the wifi connection is not used (your watch is idle). Turn this to the smallest possible interval (15 minutes). What will happen if you don’t is that your watch will continue to hold the wifi connection upright – and if you are running apps like IFTTT, it could really be a strain on your device.

When you set it to connect only when you “want it to”, so when you are not in constant need of being updated every single minute. It will help your battery longevity tremendously.

Android Wear 5.1.2 update (fix) on its way

Google have confirmed on the developer forum that there are some issues with the wifi connectivity on Android Wear and that they are working on a fix for the issues that have started popping up.

Is was said before that the wifi issues on the Moto 360 were the reason that the roll out of Android Wear 5.1.1. got to it later than most other smartwatches. We do not know if this is due to the older hardware in the Moto 360, especially the processor, that might have give this version some technical limitations or if it is because of something else.

The Moto 360 2 should fix all of these problems, come with a far superior processor chip inside and generally better hardware to handle the requests at all times.

I hope that these tips will help you “solve” your battery drainage issues – and I will keep you posted on new software developments and fixes.

Huge battery drainage issues after Android Wear 5.1.1. update?!

The long awaited Moto 360 Android Wear update 5.1.1. was finally there and I was so happy to see all those great features finally show up on my screen. For a short while I was in “smartwatch heaven”, but that did not last very long unfortunately.

For a short while I was in “smartwatch heaven”

Then reality hit me, the battery drained and drained and drained. Wasn’t the long awaited WiFi update supposed to bring us a lot more battery time? Use less energy on stand-by than the regular bluetooth 4.0 connection? Grr… apparently not. My Moto 360 does not last for more than half a day at the moment and I am having serious issues to make it past 3 PM on average to moderate use.

Did Motorola delay the 5.1.1. release because of the battery drainage issue?

Motorola and co. have a bit of work on their hands to fix this “little” issue. When Motorola finally released their Android Wear version 5.1.1. for the Moto 360, most other smartwatches that run on Googles Android Wear had already received the update. Now it turns out that there appear to be serious issues with the battery life on all Android Wear watches.

If Motorola knew about this and were trying to fix it before bringing it to market, why did they not simply inform the users that this was an issue that they had been working on? What is wrong with simply admitting that something is not working entirely the way it should be, and ask for help from the community? Next to that it would have saved them quite a bit of face-saving and a simple short little tweet would have probably sufficed to keep us all happy and up to date.

I hope that someone at Motorola or Google will take a stand on the battery drainage issue with the latest Android Wear version 5.1.1. soon and I will reach out to both of them right away. Hopefully we will get a reply soon and fully enjoy the new smart watch features we have been waiting for.

Android Wear update 5.1.2. around the corner?

It will surely not take long for Google or Motorola to solve this battery lifetime issue and bring out the newest Android Wear update to version 5.1.2. Whether a hot fix will do or if we need a full fledged update remains to be seen.

A Google representative named Ernest has jumped into a thread in Google’s Product Forums informing smartwatch owners complaining of massive battery drains after updating to Android Wear 5.1.1 that Google is currently working on solving the problem.

“Hi everyone, we are aware of this and we are working on fixing this issue. Thanks for your patience!” says Ernest.”

Is there a solution to the problem?

There is, however, a temporary fix for this problem. Many users have reported that rebooting their smartwatch when they see the battery running near empty stops the rapid drain for a while. However, this is quite an inconvenient solution, as some users report having to reboot their smartwatches a few times every day. Until then, there is no choice but to wait for Google’s development team to issue a fix.

We will have to wait for next Google Android Wear update to get this over and done with.

Do you also experience this battery drainage issue on your smart watch? Please do share your experiences and let me know whether you have the same problems or maybe even a good solution.

Checking to see if the android wear update is there

I wanted to do a quick check to see if the android wear 5.1.1. Is there already. But with no luck. I am still stuck with the same old 5.0.2. Version. It is a little bit frustrating to know that the update is out there somewhere and the first users are enjoying their ‘new toy’, and I am eager to get it as well.

The Moto 360 has been one of the most sought after smart watches in the last few years. With the release of the new android 5.1.1 version of Google software for android wear, Google has finally caught up with the Apple Watch and it’s features. It remains to be seen, whether the new android where software can meet up to the high expectations that were set for this new software version.

Motorola smart watch is probably the last in line of android 5.0.2 smart watches to receive the latest update. Both Sony and LG have already released the latest android wear  version for their own smart watches.

The most exciting feature that comes with the lease is the fact that there’s a Wi-Fi connectivity that enables the smart watch to be somewhere else from the phone that it is linked to.The smart watch will still not be a full standalone gadget that can be used without a phone, but it does enable the user to make use of the new features without having a concert Bluetooth connection.

Motorola has said to have been  working on a new version of their flagship smart watch. The release date of the new Motorola smart watch is still to be determined but many analysts are expecting it to hit the shelves by the end of 2015.

Did you receive the update already? Please do comment in the section below and let me know what your first impressions are.

Oh well, good things come to those who wait.

 

Does the Moto 360 have WiFi?

Yes! The Moto 360 has WiFi ready to go on board.

This is a question that has regularly come up in the last few weeks as Google announced the release of the next Android Wear version 5.1.1. You will find a bit more information on that in a previous post that I have done a few days ago: Moto 360 gets Android Wear WiFi update.

Motorola was smart enough to add a wifi module to the Moto 360. To many Moto 360 fans, there was never a doubt this smartwatch would get it because there’s always been a WiFi chip inside and that it had only been disabled. Moto 360 uses Texas Instrument’s OMAP 3 processor which actually has WiFi built into the SoC.

There’s always been a WiFi chip inside the Moto 360 and that it had only been disabled

 

For those of you who do not know what SoC stands for: A system on a chip or system on chip (SoC or SOC) is an integrated circuit (IC) that integrates all components of acomputer or other electronic system into a single chip. It may contain digital, analog, mixed-signal, and often radio-frequency functions—all on a single chip substrate. SoCs are very common in the mobile electronics market because of their low power consumption. (Source: Wikipedia)

Why is wifi connectivity so great on the Moto 360?

What is so great about having a wifi connection on your smartwatch is that it opens up a whole new array of features. To name but a few positive things about having wifi on board:

  1. Wifi is generally lower in energy consumption than bluetooth (even bluetooth 4), which will make your watch last even longer on a single charge. It remains to be seen by how much this would positively influence the longevity of the battery, but some say it could be up to half a day of extra battery life
  2. With WiFi connectivity, you could leave your phone at home – or anywhere you want for that matter – and still receive all the updates you need over the air as long as you have an internet connection. Next to that, you would be able to use most of the regular functions of your smartwatch, that would not require your phone – such as simple questions that can be answered by Google Now, or reply to Hangout or Whatsapp messages

Just like the Sony Smartwatch 3 is getting the new Android Wear features, the Moto 360 will also receive WiFi support, phone free usage, hands free gestures, and quick drawings into emojis. With WiFi support, you can receive SMS and incoming call notifications as long as you are connected to a network.

I am really looking forward to finally receiving the Android Wear 5.1. update to try out all of those great features and I will definitely keep you posted on the developments around the WiFi usage and roll-out of the Moto 360 1st generation (2014).

Is the Moto 360 nearing its product cycle end?

I hope that this is not the end of the Moto 360. It feels like we have just gotten started and are starting to get to know each other a little better. New technology is like a new girl friend, you have to get to know her to really appreciate her. I have really come to love my Moto 360, but I don’t know what is in the pipeline for it. Motorola has started lowering the prices in the USA to something along the lines of 149-179$ per smart watch.

… It takes time to appreciate what you’ve got

I personally find that far too cheap for such a great piece of technology. I mean, just look at Apple, currently the biggest and arguably richest company on the planet. They manage to being out a new smart watch, which does nothing more or better than the Moto 360 which is almost a year old already, and they charge on average around 450-600$ for one. It feels a bit like ‘we’ have already given up. The apple watch is there now, so why bother trying to show the world that this is a great piece of technology?

I surely hope they know what they are doing, and if there is a Moto 360 II up and coming soon, I will be one of the first ones in line. On he brighter side of things, I hope many new users will be attracted to the moto 360 due to the decrease in price in the last few weeks. As you know the Moto 360 is more than just a small phone on your wrist that makes your life a lot easier with a few notifications, it has paved the way to a far more beautiful wearable movement.

Improvements and Android Wear updates

Why do I think Motorola will continue to invest in its flagship watch: Mainly, the software is getting better by the week, the battery lifetime has gone up dramatically due to a few fantastic Android Wear updates, and Android Wear is live and kicking. The new 5.1.1. Version is on its way to all Motorola smart watches as well as the LG urbane, Samsung gear live and Sony SmartWatch 3 already and will be deployed on all devices in the next few days. This continued positive flow and investment by Google and Motorola shows that they are serious about keeping the Moto 360 around for quite a bit longer.

Incremental improvements show that there is nothing really wrong with the Motorola 360 smartwatch, but that with a few tweaks and tricks – it could be even better and meet user expectations even more. One idea would be to open up the market for the Moto360 to Apple users as well. Google would need to get the support from Apple for this though. It is probably technically not all that difficult to hook up the iOS iPhones with Android Wear (as a few people have shown already), but it is more the question of whether Apple would be open to featuring an Android Wear app in their app store and thereby making it available to the masses.

Apple have just started promoting their own Apple Watch and it seems highly unlikely to me that they would be willing to jeopardise their new future product and market over that. In all fairness though, the Moto 360 looks significantly better than the squared Apple Watch. I get asked time and time again by Apple Fanboys (and girls) if the beautiful watch that I have on my wrist is “the” Apple Watch. Surely they would not mind wearing a Moto 360 if it were compatible with their iPhones. 

With the Android 5.1.1 update there is a lot to look forward to. I think this product category has just gotten started and we are in for a very exciting ride when it comes to wearables in the next few years.

Sitting, waiting, wishing – for the update!

Wow, it is not that easy waiting on an update when you know it is out there somewhere. Yesterday it was announced (on the official Google Wear forum), that the roll-out of the next Android Wear version 5.1.1. had started. I thought – “you will definitely be one of the first ones to get it”… Oh how mistaken I was. It has been nearly 48 hours now. And nothing has happened… What can I say…

Sometimes you just have to be patient

And patience is definitely something that one needs to learn to appreciate. I got so excited over the news that the Moto 360 update had started rolling out, that I ran home from work, got my Nexus 5 and my Moto 360 out and irradically started clicking away on my beloved Moto360 to get the update as fast as possible… but nothing happened.

Are you waiting for the Android Wear update too?

I hope you feel with me a little bit at least. If you are reading this, you are probably also eager to get your hands on the latest and greatest Android 5.1.1. update. It will supposable bring a number of killer features to our smartwatches, such as WIFI support (you can leave your phone at home as long as it is connected to the internet), Emoji drawing, flipping through notifications by simply flicking your write, and a whole new user interface setup that will “blow your mind”.

Long story short, I guess this means that I will simply have to sit it out and wait for the magic to happen. It is “getting late” anyways, so maybe I should just finish that last glass of wine, head for bed and hope that tomorrow the update will be there to sweeten my day.

Have a good night

Moto360 gets Android wear WiFi update

This morning, the Moto360 smartwatch got its Android Wear WiFi update. This is probably the most exciting update so far and could be a real game changer for many Moto360 fans, and those who have been interested in getting one, but wanted to wait until the WiFi (phone-less) functionality was added to the most beautiful smartwatch on the planet today.

We now have confirmation that Android Wear 5.1.1 has started to reach LG’s G Watch and G Watch R today

In a post in its product forums today, Google said that the rollout of the Android 5.1.1 update for Android Wear smartwatches is imminent. And just so, Android Police is reporting that some owners of the LG G Watch and LG G Watch R have already received it. The update adds some great new features, including support for getting notifications on any Wi-Fi network, wrist gestures, and the ability to draw emoji.

The Android Wear 5.1.1. update brings us a number of new features that we have not yet seen before. A number of Android smartwatches have started receiving the over-the-air update today; including the: LG Watch Urbane, the Sony SmartWatch 3, the Samsung Live Gear S and the Moto 360.

Moto 360 smartwatch users can leave their phones at home

The update enables users to leave their smartphones at home, whilst still connected to the internet, and use their beloved Moto360s without having to be connected over bluetooth to the “parent” phone. The moto 360 was released at the end of 2014 and a big success ever since. It is by far the best looking smartwatch on the market. Motorola were the first to launch a round smartwatch, something that had not been done and seen before.

Although the Moto 360 is a sole Android watch, there have been rumours about an iOS app to support a number of simple functionalities, such as take a call, read your hangout messages or check your latest emails. However this latest Android Wear 5.1.1. update does not help iOS users to use their moto 360 to work with their iPhones or iPads. Maybe that is still to come in the near future. We will keep you posted on that.

What does the Android Wear 5.1.1. bring us?

What the new Android Wear 5.1.1. update actually can do, we will dive into in a few new posts in the coming few days. More information, insider tips and tricks will follow shortly as well as a thorough run-through of the new Android Wear update for the Moto360.

The update started rolling out slowly and unfortunately it has not reached me just yet (in Germany/Switzerland). I have heard from a number of friends from the US that they have received the update already and are very excited about it. I hope I will not have to wait for all too long. Of course I will report back to you as soon as I have received the update and everything is up and running.

If you care to share your first impressions on the Android Wear 5.1.1. update with us, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Update 18th of June 2015: Roll-out has started

It has taken a bit longer than expected but the roll-out of the Android Wear version 5.1.1. has finally started. All Moto 360 users will receive the update in the coming few hours. Of course we will report on the new features, pros and cons over the next few days.

So everyone, get your Moto 360s out and get updating! Yuuuhuuu!