THE FIRST MAJOR Android Wear update has started rolling out to a handful of smartwatches, after debuting on the LG G Watch Urbane back in April
Google announced the rollout of Android Wear 5.1.1 in a blog post, revealling that the update brings with it native WiFi support to the Moto 360, Samsung Gear Live and Sony Smartwatch 3.
With smartwatches including the LG G Watch R and Asus ZenWatch notably absent from Google's list, it appears there will be a mumber of devices set to not gain WiFi support.
Still, there's a handful of other new features included in the Android Wear update, including always-on apps. Previously, the only 'app' that was available on the screen at all times was the watch face for telling the time, but now those wearing an Android-powered smartwatch can keep other apps displaying on the watch face, such as Google Maps.
Android 5.1.1 also brings with it, contain yourself, the ability to draw emoji on your smartwatches' display.
Google said: "In response to texts, instant messages, or emails, you can now send emojis to your contacts by drawing them on your watch screen.
"The watch will recognize the emoji you drew and send it via whichever messaging app you’re using. Give it a try by selecting 'Draw emoji' whenever you’re replying to a message!
Google has also refreshed Android Wear with a handful of other new features, including the ability to scroll through an app stream by flicking the wrist, support for pairing smartwatches to multiple smartphones and the option to tweak font sizes.
Android 5.1.1 has reportedly already started arriving for some, but Google notes that "the release will roll out gradually in the coming days and weeks."
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the rollout of Android Wear 5.1.1 came just hours after the first software update for the Apple Watch arrived. µ
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