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.