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.

Performance issues delays update Moto 360 to Android Wear 5.1.1.

Due to some performance issues, the Motorola Update for its Moto 360 smartwatch to the new and improved Android Wear version 5.1.1. has been delayed. Most members of Google’s Android Wear family have received Android 5.1.1 already. The roll-out of the new Android Wear version had been reported and spotted more than 6 weeks ago, but we are all still waiting for the update. Now we finally know why.

We’re working with Google to ensure that the software works great on #Moto360

The news arrived via Motorola’s official Twitter feed, after a user inquired about the status of the update. Motorola mobility explained that they are having some issues to ensure that the software works great on the Moto 360. “The performance is not quite there yet”,  Motorola said.

Twitter official Moto 360

Update 12.06.2015 The roll-out of the Moto 360 Android Wear 5.1.1. update is still open. Motorola have been awfully quiet in recent days and there is very little information available about when the actual roll-out will start.

I will keep you posted as soon as there is more information available.

Update 18/06/2015 it is there!

And there is find me something I can tell you, the new android wear version 5.1.1 has been released for the Motorola 360 last night. It will slowly be rolled out in the coming 24 hours to all devices worldwide. Motorola have taken quite some time to get this release perfect, probably a bit longer than many had expected it to take them. I am personally happy with the fact that Motorola took a little bit more time to make sure that they don’t put a beta version of the software on the market without having tested it themselves thoroughly.

The Android Wear update 5.1.1. for the Moto 360 has finally arrived and Motorola Mobility have started rolling out the latest version of Android Wear to all Moto 360 devices. It might take a few hours to hit your watch too, but don’t worry you will surely get it!

I am looking forward to some heavy duty testing and I hope you will stay tuned and check out my site for some more information on the latest Android Wear version in the days and weeks to come. For now, everyone have fun updating your device and let me know your first thoughts and ideas in the comments section below. I would love to hear your insights and share some awesome tips and tricks.

 

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).

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!