The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is not just rolling out to the smartphones and tablets these days, it is also coming to the Android wearables. Google is not leaving any stones unturned as it prepares for the roll out its latest mobile OS, the Android M, come the third quarter of this year.
While the firmware update has already made it to a number of Android wears over the past couple of weeks, the roll out of the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to the Motorola Moto 360 has been delayed by certain performance issues, notes Android Authority.
But as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. That seems to be the case with the Motorola Moto 360 as the advent of the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on the smart wearable is bringing tons of features when it started rolling out to the device just a few days ago.
The roll out was actually confirmed by Wayne Pierkarski, developer advocate for Google, during a recent post on Google+. He said that the over-the-air updates on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop will be coming sporadically to the Motorola Moto 360 over a few days so he asked users to exercise patience as they will definitely receive the update very soon.
Tons of features
The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop comes with tons of new features for the Motorola Moto 360. It comes with the option to set always-on applications, new gestures for scrolling through cards, and a much more refined contacts and app menu.
The update also brings Wi-Fi support which enables compatible devices to receive notifications provided the Motorola Moto 360 and the user’s smartphone are both connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Motorola has advised owners of Motorola Moto 360 to check the updates manually on their Android Wear by checking the settings of their watch under the System Updates menu. It has likewise encourage users to provide their feedback on the update once they get to install and experience the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on their Motorola Moto 360.
A bargain smartwatch
When it was launched in March last year and subsequently released to the retail markets in September 2014 as an Android-based smartwatch, the Motorola Moto 360 carried a retail price of $250.
For one of the best reviewed smart wearables back then, paying such amount for the Motorola Moto 360 was considered a bargain.
With the emergence of the Apple Watch in March this year, the device has practically changed the landscape of the smart wearables. Given the advance technological features of the Apple smartwatch, it was a no-brainer to compare or even think that the year-older Motorola Moto 360 would be able to compete head on with the Apple Watch.
As an American tech company itself, Motorola would surely not allow its first smart wearable to go down without a fight. As there are already reports that the company is planning to unveil its next generation Motorola Moto 360 very soon, Motorola is now going on a disposal binge mode to finally sell all its remaining 2014 smartwatches until supply runs out.