The update retains the software version of the older firmware, 4.4W.1, but bumps the Android Wear number up to 126.96.36.1998224 (previously 188.8.131.527258) and the build number to KGW42R (previously KGW42N).
So far, those who have installed the update are reporting better performance – most notably, more fluid and responsive Google Now cards – but no major changes to behavior or UI. Basically, it sounds like a bug-squashing and optimization release.
The update seems to be rolling out gradually. We have not tried this method and do not necessarily condone it, but one user successfully forced the update by resetting his Moto 360 and reinstalling Motorola Connect and the Android Wear app.
Any Moto 360 users running the new software?
Update: Motorola has released an official changelog. As we suspected, it isn’t earth-shattering:
- Bluetooth connectivity – Improved Bluetooth connectivity between the watch and phone to reduce momentary disconnects experienced by some users
- Charging notification – Added a message to confirm that Moto 360 is charging in cases when its battery is fully depleted
- Bug fixes – implemented bug fixes and other system optimizations
The company says the update will continue to roll out in phases over the next few days.