Motorola has released a pair of updates for the MOTOACTV Android-based sports watch. The last round of updates came in March with new features for golfers. The new updates, versions 6.12 and 6.13, come with most of the same features, but there is a confusing split based on whether or not your device already has the golf features included.


Both updates contain enhancements and bug fixes including:

  • Improved calorie burn algorithm during cycling workout with heart rate monitor
  • Added Primary Activity selection during setup so your MOTOACTV is tailored to your primary sport
  • Improved watch performance after display wake up
  • Enhanced the way Album Lists are displayed
  • Improved connectivity with Wahoo BLE heart rate monitor

The golf-compatible MOTOACTV watches will also get:

  • Improved Golf club recommendation by widening the distance range
  • Improved calculation for total score after a golf round.

The golf version of the ACTV comes in both 8 and 16GB versions, and these devices will need the 6.12 software. Some versions of the 8GB ACTV lack golf features and will work with the 6.13 update. You won't have to sort out which version you have strapped to your wrist, though. Just plug the ACTV into your PC or Mac, and the device will check for the update and download through MOTOCAST. If that doesn't work, just go to Device > Check for Device Upgrade in the MOTOCAST software.

[Motorola 6.12, 6.13]

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  • http://twitter.com/Bateluer Robert Boluyt

    Thanks, going to update when I get home. 

  • CeluGeek

    So now there's fragmentation even on smart watches?

    • super_ninja_1

      I have no issues with this kind of fragmentation. Port the core part of Android to another device, write new UI and a killer application.

  • Sven Enterlein

    Since my wife accidentally washed my old MP3 player I have to get a new one. I was looking at this in more detail and I think I'll get it for my b'day in July. It's good to see that Motorola keeps updating it!

  • luis vaca

    Anyone knows if now really works with wahoo BLE heart monitor? This smart bluetooth technology is not hat smart, many communication issues are arising. Makes you wonder if one should stick with good old fashion bluetooth for a while, drains more battery, but pairs every time.

  • Philip Wesley

    seems like it didn't mention the ability to hack it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwWdy-57J6Q