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We knew that when Android Wear launched earlier this year – back at Google I/O – that we’d see a whole lot more functionality coming out of Android Wear when Lollipop came out. Although at that time it was Android L. Now that Android 5.0 – Lollipop has been out for a little over a month, many of us are salivating at getting the newest version of Android Wear on our smartwatches. According to a leak coming out of Phandroid today, it appears that Android Wear might be getting it’s much awaited update as soon as tomorrow. Which is a pretty big deal.
So what kind of changes are we expecting in this update? Well one of those things is better Battery life. But that we kind of expect in just about every update these days. Additionally, we’re looking at new watchfaces using the watchface API. Currently, Watchfaces run as a separate app, unless it’s one of the included watch faces. Which is why your smartwatch’s battery life is not so good when using one of those watchfaces. With the Watchface API, that should be fixed. You’ll also gain the ability to regain lost or dismissed cards, There’s also a new quick brightness toggle, and OK Google will also reorder options based on what you use the most. Making it a much easier process of using your smartwatch.
All of these changes should affect all Android Wear smartwatches, including the Moto 360, LG G Watch, LG G Watch R, Samsung Gear Live, ASUS Zenwatch and the Sony Smartwatch 3. It’s unclear which smartwatches will get the update first. But looking at the past OTA’s for these smartwatches, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live will probably get first dibs with the others coming in the next few days. It’s also unclear if this update will only come to those that have Android 5.0 Lollipop already or not, seeing as many things in this OTA will need Lollipop to work, it would make sense. We’ll keep an eye on it and see what happens though.
How many of you are excited to get this update for your Android Wear smartwatch? Let us know in the comments down below.