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April 21, 2015

New Android Wear update brings WiFi support to Moto 360

moto-360-metal-strapsA new Android Wear software update was recently announced by Google that has me pretty excited and it should start rolling out anytime soon. The reason I’m looking forward to it is the new features it will bring to the Moto 360.

The Moto 360 will receive:

  • WiFi support,
  • phone free usage,
  • hands free gestures,
  • quick drawings into emojis.

WiFi support:
You can receive SMS and incoming call notifications as long as you are connected to a network. Flicking of the wrist will scroll between notifications or cards of information you want to see. Without having to touch the screen, you can view the previous item or move forward. Emojis are more fun now as you can just draw something on your small smartwatch screen. Your Moto 360 will transform it into an emoji to send to your contacts as an SMS reply.

Perhaps the most important feature of the software update that Moto 360 users will find more useful is WiFi support. Smartwatch only used to work over a Bluetooth range but with WiFi support, you can now leave your phone at home or use it to tether your smartwatch.

The Moto 360  battery improvement since the Android Wear 5.0.2 update, greatly improved  the watch life compared to before so hopefully the WiFi function will improve it a little more, which is welcome.

So now the speculation as to whether the Moto 360 will have WiFi or not is over. The Motorola smartwatch is definitely getting it.

SOURCE: Motorola

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini