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Android Wear 1.5 rolling out to the Gear Live with some minor changes [Update: more watches]


Update 6/8: More watches are now receiving Android Wear 1.5, including the second generation Moto 360 and Moto 360 Sport. Release notes on Motorola’s website point to security and stability improvements, as well as enhancements for Moto Body.

Android Wear 2.0 will introduce a bevy of new features for users and developers when it is released in Q4 of 2016. Before that major update, however, it appears that a more incremental version of Wear is rolling out. Several Samsung Gear Live users have already received Android Wear 1.5 and are only seeing minor changes.

Still based on Android 6.0.1, the update contains incremental tweaks. The restart option in the settings menu makes a return after being removed in the previous version and users can now see the security patch date in the About screen. Some are also reporting that notification syncing problems with Android N have been resolved.

With the Android Wear companion app already on version 1.5, it’s unlikely that we’ll see any new major features. In the past, Android Wear devices themselves have gotten OS updates first and to fully surface their new features you would need the app to be on the same version. 

The last major update to Wear in February introduced speaker support and new gestures, and the version coming later this year packs a lot more major changes and a complete overhaul of the UX. This new minor update to Wear will likely roll out to all current watches in the near future.


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