If you’re a Moto 360 owner like me, Phil, or countless hundreds of the readers of Ausdroid out there, you can stop checking your watch every morning for the Android Wear 5.1.1 update; it’s not coming. Not yet. Motorola have publicly stated that the update isn’t actually ready yet, because of performance issues.
Exactly what those issues are isn’t known, and hasn’t been elaborated on, but one might imagine that with different innards, the Moto 360 is rapidly ageing. You see, the Moto 360 has a Texas Instruments OMAP3630 processor inside, which at the time of launch was already four years old, and considered woefully underpowered. With that in mind, it’s probably somewhat of a miracle that the Moto 360 runs as well as it does now, much less with a heavier operating system about to be placed on it. Most other Android Wear devices run significantly more powerful chips, which are also more power efficient, meaning that other watches can best the Moto 360 on performance and longevity.
— Motorola US (@MotorolaUS) June 3, 2015
With most other Android Wear devices already updated, it’s a race for last place to see how long it’ll take Motorola to overcome those hurdles. One hopes they get there.. because despite its failings, the Moto 360 is actually one of the better looking smartwatches on the market at the moment, and it is wildly (and justifiably) popular with its looks, wireless charging and being one of the few more stylish round-faced watches.
Come on Moto! You can do it!