Saturday , June 16 2018

Android Wear 5.0.1 is starting to land on Australian watches

B4o68ZuCEAAHUM_.jpg-largeIf you’re the owner of an LG G watch R, you might have noticed (or you might soon) that you’ve got a software update waiting. Ausdroid reader Dylan is one such recipient of this software update which takes Android Wear to version 5.0.1.

We haven’t yet seen it on our watches, including a Sony Smartwatch 3, but in all likelihood we’ll see these updates showing up soon around the traps.

Dylan has given us a few notes on what’s new in this version; primarily, the existing version of Facer no longer works (prompting users to update to a new version to keep it working), and there’s the ability to turn off the gesture-wake, allowing those of us who wave around a bit to get a bit more battery life from our watches.

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You’ll also find the ability for non-Google apps to be blocked (on the watch) from sending you notifications, instead of having to navigate through the companion app to do it; a welcome change for those of us who have too many apps installed and can’t be bothered to be proactive.

nexus2cee_android-wear-tilt-to-wake-351x625 As you can see, the new version of the Android Wear companion app enables this feature, and offers a few more customisations as well, such as enabling (or disabling) the calendar event cards, and allowing card previews to show automatically or not. Another new feature, which will require Android Wear 5.0+ on your watch, is creating and setting custom watchfaces, which will now be part of the companion app.

If you’re keen to get the new companion app (and haven’t got it already via the Play Store) then you can download it below from APK Mirror:

Update:
LG G Watch now receiving the update too.
Update 2:
We’ve been advised by you guys in the comments that the Moto 360, Samsung Gear Live and Sony Smartwatch 3 are all receiving the update.

Have you received the update on another watch? Let us know below.

Thanks: Dylan Xavier.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Brock Murley
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Got it this morning. Woo hoo!

Brock Murley
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Brock Murley

Still hasn’t hit my LG G watch. 🙁 Does it just happen or do you have to prompt it from settings?

Phantom
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Still no sigh of update (LG G watch R)

Satwik Kamatmehbro
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Satwik Kamatmehbro

boom. just got the update 2 minutes ago 🙂

Julian Hardy
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Julian Hardy

Got it on my Samsung Gear Live on Friday 12 December

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Yup, got the update yesterday arvo on my LG G Watch that I won from you guys 🙂

Pierce Andjelkovic
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Pierce Andjelkovic

Got it on my moto 360.

Marshall
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Marshall

I haven’t got it yet for my G Watch R 🙁

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Still haven’t got it yet on my G Watch. I’m sure it’ll come anytime now.

Paul Smedley
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Paul Smedley

It arrived this morning on my Samsung Gear Live

thebeerhero
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thebeerhero

Got mine yesterday on my G Watch bought on the Play Store on launch day, pretty neat!

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