With all this talk about the latest update to the Android Wear software, if you’re running a device that has Lollipop installed on it you will probably run into some changes you may not have expected. While Android Wear’s recent update adds a whole lot of usefulness to the way notifications come to your wrist, there’s stuff that comes along with the update that users on Android 5.0 will want to make note of. One of the biggest things being the way notifications come through when you have your notifications on the connected smartphone set to priority only or none. Earlier we also reported about one of the new things that came along with the update, being Sunlight mode and Theater mode, which can both be accessed either by swiping down on the Android Wear device display or by double and triple tapping the external buttons on the watches that have them.
Since the primary function of the Android Wear devices is notifications, it only seemed likely that Google at some point would have implemented the mirroring of the way notifications work between Android Wear 5.0.1 and Android 5.0.1 Lollipop devices, and that’s exactly what they’ve done. As we had stated in previous articles about the Lollipop software update for phones and tablets, notifications can now be set to priority, none, or all for the way you get your notifications. Android Wear now mirrors this change by syncing the option you choose to the watch, and vise versa. It’s just one detail to pay attention to if you have a lollipop device, mainly because if you want to mute the watch from buzzing every time a new email comes in, it mutes the notifications on your phone too, and you may not want that.
The good news is that as we mentioned above, these are changes that affect Lollipop devices since anything prior to Lollipop doesn’t have these notification options. That means you can continue to mute your watch and still have all your notifications come through on your smartphone. If you have the new software on your phone and on your Android Wear device, how are you handling the changes to the way notifications either come in or don’t? Did you prefer the way things were before? Or do you find the notification option mirroring to be a blessing?