Thursday , June 7 2018

Sony Smartwatch 3 receives update to Android Wear 5.1.1

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Sony SmartWatch 3 owners have been patiently waiting for the Android Wear 5.1 update to land, but we can confirm that the wait is now over. The Android 5.1.1 update is now rolling for the SW3, but if you want to manually upgrade without waiting, we have the OTA URL below.

This new update brings the much anticipated Wi-Fi support that means the watch will be able to receive notifications even when out of bluetooth range of your phone. Android Wear 5.1.1 also includes ‘always-on’ apps (apps stay visible as long as you need them), easy to draw emoji and changes to the launcher so that contacts/apps are only a swipe away. The update brings a new visual appearance which is significantly improved over the previous version.

More details on the new features and how to flash the OTA file can be found here.

Here is the Sony SmartWatch 3 OTA URL: tetra LDZ22D from LWX49K

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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OTA downloading now on my SW3

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Paul Smedley

I got the update this afternoon on my Samsung Gear Live 🙂

Sujay Vilash
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Sujay Vilash

Nope. No updates here 🙁

Chris
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Hi Sujay, the phone isn’t involved in applying the OTA to the SW3; you tether the watch to your computer via microUSB and apply the update directly.

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Sujay Vilash

Hi Chris, my apologies. I wanted to say watch. But you have answered the question in any case. Just not too sure if I have the courage to do a manual update. Might wait for another day or so before deciding. Thank you for the article.

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Sujay Vilash

Hi Chris. Thanks for the information. Finally received my 5.1.1 update. And it is brilliant. Although I think the battery life has gone down a little bit. Used to get 4 days, now I have to recharge after 3. Small price to pay, I guess.

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