News by Luke Jones on Wednesday May 20, 2015.
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Google took to one of its product forums to confirm that Android Wear 5.1.1 is now heading out to smartwatches that are compatible for the update. As is usually the case, the upgrade will be sent out in stages and some devices will have to wait a few weeks to get it, although Google says most should get the new software within a few days.Android Wear 5.1.1 comes with some fairly sizeable changes to the platform, such as Wi-Fi support that allows the user to connect to networks and stay synced to their smartphone even without Bluetooth connectivity. This of course helps when out and about in pulling notifications in and using Google voice commands without the need of being tethered to a smartphone. However, the number of Android Wear smartwatches getting this new Wi-Fi connectivity is limited to just four products. They are the new LG Watch Urbane (which ships with Android Wear 5.1.1), the Motorola Moto 360, Sony Smartwatch 3, and the Samsung Gear Live. That leaves devices like the ASUS ZenWatch, LG G Watch, G Watch R, and more missing the new feature, although they can still get the update and take advantage of the other new additions. Speaking of which, Android Wear 5.1.1 also comes with the ability to have always-on apps, while new gesture controls (a left swipe) makes accessing contacts and apps easier. You can also now change font size and have support for emoji drawing. It is worth noting that your Android Wear companion smartphone app needs to be up to date to pull in this update.
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