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.

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!