Google has been in the headlines recently for its Android Lollipop roll-out. After updating the entire GPE and Nexus device lineup, Google is now focusing on the wearable front for its latest update.
Motorola's popular Moto 360 smartwatch is finally getting the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update, as promised in November.
Moto 360 is one of the first smartwatches powered by Google's latest Android Wear system. While it is the most popular smartwatch in the industry due to its unique round-faced design, the new features added to the watch make it even more worthy. The Lollipop update for Moto 360 smartwatch brings a change in the user interface, new watch faces and new settings to preserve the battery.
According to the change-log on Motorola's forums, Moto 360 owners can download various public watch faces available in the Play Store. Google has also opened its watch face APIs for developers to create their own faces, which means the Google Play Store will have a variety of options to choose from in the coming days and weeks.
Google also introduced a new undo feature for card dismissals, which will allow users to retrieve a card shortly after it is swiped. The update brings a revamped Settings menu with options like Theater mode, Sunlight mode and easier access to deeper settings, Motorola noted.
The Theater mode is useful for preserving the battery in the smartwatch; it keeps the screen off unless turned on by pressing the side button. This function is similar to lock/unlock on smartphones. Other changes include a breakdown of battery consumption by apps and time left before the device needs a charge. There is also an option to see the free space on the device to store music for offline listening.
The update 5.0.1 started rolling out to Moto 360 smartwatches last Wednesday and is available to all users.