If you’re the proud owner of an Android Wear smartwatch, today Motorola announced that the highly anticipated Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update is now rolling out to Android Wear, starting with their very own Moto 360. Back in December Google debuted Android 5.0.1 Lollipop for an array of Android devices as a quick software bug fixing update to the initial Android 5.0 Lollipop release, and then confirmed all Android Wear smartwatches would receive it next.
With Android 5.0.1 for Android Wear smartwatch owners received all types of new features, tons of additional watch face designs, and changes to improve performance and battery life. However, now over two months later the next big update is arriving, and that is Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.
This morning Motorola confirmed the Moto 360 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update is rolling out starting today for all owners, and the staggered rollout should hit all units in the coming days. We’re also hearing the Gear Live, LG G Watch and other Android Wear devices are being introduced to the same software update this week as well.
When Google and Motorola delivered Android 5.0.1 to Android Wear they introduced tons of new features, undo options for swiping away cards, more watch face designs and an easier API for developers to create apps or watch faces, and much more, but today’s update appears to be rather minor even if it is updating Android Wear to the latest version of Android.
For now only a few Nexus tablets and developer devices are enjoying the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, but we’re expecting it to arrive for smartphones soon, if not a jump straight to Android 5.1 Lollipop instead, which is rumored to arrive in March.
Moto 360 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Update
According to Motorola this software update will be rolled out in phases to Moto 360 users over the next few days. This is a required update so it will update automatically. Users may receive a notification to download and to install the update, otherwise it will update overnight automatically while charging.
The changelog is rather small and doesn’t share too many details, but Motorola does state that it will add support for new features, ones that aren’t here yet but likely will be coming soon with another update, possibly with Android 5.1 Lollipop in the near future. That said, the changelog does mention a few things which can be seen below.
- Updated Google Play services
- A variety of system optimizations and security updates to improve performance and stability
This Moto 360 Android 5.0.2. Lollipop update delivers a variety of system optimizations and improvements which should offer a better experience, improved performance, and potentially better battery life. There’s also updates to security, a new Google Play services that will be used to add new features on the backend (so further updates aren’t needed) and more.
Users have already started receiving the update as of late last night at this morning, and are posting pictures on social sites confirming that this is indeed Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.
The Moto 360 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update should start hitting users devices today, or be updated overnight, and we’re hearing other Android Wear users can expect the same this week as well. To check for the update on your device, head into settings > about > system updates and check for new software. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes, but it’s recommended to have at least 50% battery life before performing the update.