No new android wear watches from motorola this year

The second-generation Motorola 360 has had market well. We were sincerely hoping that Motorola or any of the other android where competitors would bring out some fantastic new watches this year.

Yet, it appears that this year we won’t be seeing any new by Motorola, Huawei or LG anymore. If you’ve been paying attention to the wearable space over the last few months you may have noticed that there is been no shortage of new android wear devices making their way to market.

Now that Apple has brought out their Apple watch to series and Samsung have delivered the S gear three watches, it appears that the other watchmakers are keeping their new products off the market. CNET has reported that neither LG or Lenovo’s Motorola have plans to release any new smart watches in the remaining months of the year. Maybe that is why it has been awfully quiet around the Motorola 360s 3rd generation Smart watch.

It looks like most of the companies are waiting for the next big push. Tech development has not gone as fast as we would’ve hoped it to go and it looks like the customers are waiting for something special. I think that it’s a good thing that tech companies are holding their product back because they are not fully happy with them. I would rather see a new innovative product by any of these companies then get a simple battery upgrade here.

We can continue to dream about new features and new products that will be brought to market in the next one or two years. I personally do not think that the android ecosystem for smart watches his dead at all. We are just taking a short break from the regular release cycles. And I am happy to see that we are not being forced to buy some Half baked product that nobody really wants to have.

At the end of the day this will help us keep a healthy ecosystem around smart watches and secure the longevity of this product group. We all know that we love our Moto360!

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.

 

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).

Why the Moto 360 is better than the Apple watch

I got a pretty little moto 360 for christmas last year (thank you my love) and I have to say that it is a gadget that I have learned to love over the last couple of months. Apart from the form factor and the obvious, „wow is that the new apple watch“ comments that I keep getting from time to time, it is a great little toy to play around with. I personally find the notifications very useful, they get better with ever software release and things like the google maps integration really make me want to leave my phone alone for at least a couple of minutes a day.

When it comes to gadgets, phones, tablets, pcs – basically anything that runs on batteries, I can surely say that I am the typical heavy user. I use all devices at the same time, am playing around with them constantly and am mildly addicted to it.

Great thing about having a watch that notifies you only when something really interesting and important happened? It makes you leave your phone and tablet at peace a lot more than usual. The moto 360 really changed the way I interacted with my devices and I thoroughly enjoy it (even with the obvious flaws that it has – I for one would love to have a tiny little speaker in the moto 360 smart watch, so that I can actually leave my phone alone for short conversations).

I got an iPhone 6 @work… Now what?

Challenge: my new „work cell” is an iPhone 6. So now what…? Should I get me an Apple watch? Should I leave my beloved Moto 360 in a drawer next to my bedside table? To be honest, I don’t really want to. Having seen one of the first Apple watches now, I am not 100% convinced that it is in any way better than the current smart watch I already have. The form factor is definitely one thing that I do not like on the Apple watch, it simply does not really appeal to me that it looks so squared and technical. I love the fact that the Motorola watch looks a lot more like a fancy shiny regular watch.

Rumour has it, that Google is working on an Apple iOS application / support for Android Wear. A number of tech sites have reported that Google will announce iOS support at the upcoming I/O Google event in May 2015. I personally think that this could be a real blow to Apple’s smartwatch, as Apple-fanboys will then have an affordable alternative to the very expensive Apple watch. When software and usability are not as important as the form factor of a watch – or the brand for that matter – I personally think that Motorola and Google will be able to steal quite a few Apple fans away from the Apple branded watch, over on to the Android wearables platform.

Rumor has it, Google is working an on Apple iOS application to support Android Wear

A second rumour that has been going around, is that Android wearables will get full wifi support, so that they can operate most of the usual functions without having to be connected to a phone. The smartwatch would then be able to do search queries through a regular wlan connection, tell you what the weather will be like today and possibly receive push notifications from Google’s gmail servers so that you can stay updated on your latest mails.

I sincerely hope that the best looking smartwatch on the planet will get the software support it deserves. So far, the android wear team have done a fantastic job at fixing the most critical bugs and issues with the first generation of smart watches – and I am looking forward to what the future will bring. Let’s just hope it includes iOS support 😉

Fantastic Android Update on the horizon

Monday 20th of April is a great day. Google just released a big press release around the new features that will be rolled out to all android wear devices in the next couple of weeks. This update includes the use of the WiFi connection to be able to use the phone, instead of only Bluetooth – which makes is virtually independent of where the phone is. I hope that this means that the Moto 360 can now also be “used” without a phone for notifications, google maps, hangouts etc, and thus I do not need an Android powered phone anymore to use my beautiful Moto 360 on a daily basis. This does not necessarily mean that it will work with an iPhone, but it might mean that I do not really need a phone to have a functioning smartwatch.

Techcrunch (amongst others) wrote a few words on it and showed us the features that will be included. Have a look for yourself: Click here

What do you think about the Apple Watch compared to the Moto 360? Leave your comments in the section below.

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!