According to Googler Wayne Piekarski, a developer advocate who focuses on Android Wear, the big Android 5.1.1 update for the Moto 360 is finally ready. The update will start rolling out to units today, but as you are all well aware, these updates take time to reach everyone. The update will hit only a handful of devices today before gradually increasing its reach over the next few days or weeks. (more…)
According to a tweet sent out yesterday from Motorola’s official Twitter account, in response to a question about the availability of the Android 5.1.1 update for the Moto 360, the company states that the update is “not quite there yet.”
To elaborate, it seems performance of the device has been somewhat impaired after receiving the update, leading Motorola to work closely with Google on getting the issue fixed up before it is sent to all device owners. (more…)
We are still under the impression that Motorola is going to announce a new Moto 360 in the very near future, thanks to a Bluetooth SIG listing that showed up a couple of weeks ago. The original Moto 360 went on sale within weeks of stopping off at the Bluetooth verification service last year. (more…)
A new Moto 360 is more than likely right around the corner. Still, if you want the original, which is for the most part the best Android Wear device you can current buy, there are deals to be had. For example, this weekend, Best Buy has slashed $100 off the price of the watch, dropping it to as low as $150. That’s for the leather version, of course, but the metal band versions are $100 off as well with a current price of $199.
Again, it’s closing in on its year anniversary and should be replaced by a new model fairly soon, but as you can tell from the 4.5 star average review at Best Buy, this is a solid little product. After a shaky launch start, Android Wear has turned the Moto 360 into a fine little accessory that is a steal at $150.
The big Android Wear update to Android 5.1.1 is beginning its slow rollout starting today. The update, as many of you know, introduces a bunch of new features, but there is one in particular that is somewhat of a game-changer – WiFi support. With WiFi support, your Android Wear watch can continue to receive notifications and allow you to interact with it even without a direct Bluetooth connection to your phone. That means that if you lost your phone, left it behind on purpose, or walked out of its range, your watch wouldn’t be reduced to a feature set that a feature phone would laugh at.
Back in late April, Google announced that a new version of Android Wear would soon be arriving on your favorite smartwatch with features like WiFi support, emoji drawing, an app launcher, wrist flick navigation gesture, and more. They also mentioned that this new version of their wearable platform would first be available on LG’s new Watch Urbane (our review) before anyone else would see it. That bit about it being on the Watch Urbane first certainly seemed to imply that some sort of back alley deal had been made with LG in order to hopefully boost early sales of their new “premium” watch for a couple of weeks. Who knows if it helped, but today, that exclusive on Android 5.1.1 for Android Wear seems to have ended and Google has begun pushing updates to the rest of their smartwatch line-up. (more…)
The Moto G is the current version, which unfortunately, is a 3G-only device. Still, it’s a great value for someone in need of a smartphone who doesn’t have a big budget or reason to buy a flagship. The Moto 360 is well, the Moto 360. It’s the best Android Wear watch you can buy for now.
The deal is only live until 3PM Central, which is 4PM Eastern or 1PM Pacific.
Want to own the best Android Wear smartwatch available at a fraction of the cost? Woot.com is currently running a daily deal that has the Moto 360 slashed to $129.99, which is roughly $120 off the full retail price. Now, the watch is “factory reconditioned,” so it’s not brand new. Still, at that price, this is almost impulse buy territory, especially for someone who has been waiting to get into the smartwatch game.
Do keep in mind that we are pretty sure we saw the next-gen Moto 360 stop by Bluetooth SIG the other day, so there is always the chance that the new version will arrive within the next couple of months. The new version obviously won’t carry this kind of low price, though, so there is that to factor in as well.
The deal is live until Woot.com runs out of inventory, or another few hours passes. You can choose between either black or stone leather bands, plus the watch comes with a 1-year warranty from Motorola.
Be sure to read our Moto 360 review if you haven’t already.