Google has announced on its product forums page, that it is rolling out Android Wear 5.1.1 update to all compatible smartwatches. The update brings along bug fixes, and features like wrist gestures, always-on apps and even Wi-Fi support to select devices. Also Read - Qualcomm has a plan for wearables and smartphone makers are buying it
The big addition of Wi-Fi is currently being rolled out only to Motorola Moto 360, LG Watch Urbane (which comes with the update out-of-the-box), Sony Smartwatch 3 and Samsung Gear Live. Also Read - TicWris Max is a smartwatch that runs Android found on smartphones
Apart from a few added features, there is a slight change in interface with a new menu system, that has new icons and colors which look much neater. The wrist gesture controls let you scroll up and down a card just by the flick of your wrist. The new updates also bring the ability to draw emojis on the screen. The watch will recognize the emoji you drew and send it via whichever messaging app you’re using.
There is also another interesting feature introduced called ‘screen lock’. What it does is basically locks the screen of your smartwatch when you are not wearing it, and will require a pattern for you to be able to unlock it. A few other additions like pop-up notification and the ability to change font size has also been embedded into the update. Also Read - Google engineer builds an app to turn Wear OS smartwatch into a Bluetooth mouse
As it goes with all OTA updates, this one is a gradual global roll out, and therefore it might take a while before it hits your smartwatch. Just ensure that you’ve got the latest version of the Android Wear app installed on your phone.