03
Jul
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I'd just like to thank Google for expanding Android to two new platforms this year (Android TV doesn't count). Now we've got twice as many opportunities to talk about over-the-air software updates. The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, both running nearly identical builds of Android Wear, are being updated to the slightly newer KMV78V build today. Owners should be seeing the update alert over the next few days if they haven't already. This is a minor update - both devices are still running a modified version of KitKat.

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There's been no changelog published, but according to the lucky bastards Google I/O attendees on our team, the update may address an annoying bug that inverted the colors of this watchface on the Gear Live while the screen was automatically dimming. Apparently the G Watch doesn't suffer from the same problem. There may be other bug fixes or performance enhancements as well, but we haven't been able to verify any.

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The update should download straight to your watch via the Bluetooth connection with your Android smartphone.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Derek Traini

    Have you guys heard what will happen with Android Wear and new releases like L? I was thinking about that since right now it is 4.4W. If 5.0 comes out will it get upgraded to 5.0W? Just curious..

    • ddpacino

      Since these use the stock OS built by Google and they aren't allowing customizations, It's almost certain they will get upgraded. I'm just not sure what new features, if any, an L build will bring.

      • Derek Traini

        Yeah that is what I am thinking, I am just wondering if it will be any different for Android for Wearables (W).

    • gumbald

      Artem's just on the phone to Larry, we'll find out in a minute.

    • Hrishikesh Bisen

      ART on Android Wear....

      • Tarun Pemmaraju

        Android Wear technically is part of their new design language already.

  • Derik Taylor

    Speaking of smartwatches, how is the LG G Watch on battery life? I am kind of curious.

    • https://plus.google.com/+EricRichardson Eric Richardson

      They both easily get a day of life. I usually go to sleep with 50% remaining on the Gear Live, and coworkers with LG's get about the same.

      You could definitely go 2 days as long as you're not constantly on it.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Maybe my usage is different or you sleep 12 hours a day, but I consistently go to sleep with the Gear Live just barely breathing. Yesterday, it died just before sleepy time.

        • Fadakar

          Well Artem I would say there's a good chance your watch goes off much more than Eric's.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            That's probably the reason, yeah.

          • https://plus.google.com/+EricRichardson Eric Richardson

            Most definitely the reason.

          • https://plus.google.com/+EricRichardson Eric Richardson

            So right now, after taking the watch off the charger at about 8am (it's 4:11pm here), I have 74% battery left.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Hrm, today I'm at 76% after taking it off at 8am. But I'm West Coast. You're 3 hours ahead of me. I'm not using it as much today too.

          • https://plus.google.com/+EricRichardson Eric Richardson

            Yeah I've settled into a normal routine, where the "shiny new toy" effect has worn off and doesn't have me looking at the pretty colors every 5 minutes.

    • Kevin

      Also, how does using an Android Wear watch affect your phone's battery life? The extra bluetooth usage and processing must burn some power, but it theoretically does mean turning your phone screen on less often.

  • https://plus.google.com/+EricRichardson Eric Richardson

    To be fair, Android Auto is just a part of the Android OS on your phone. Won't really be OTA's for that either (outside of when your phone gets an ota).

  • Mikahl

    My order still shows pending in Google Play for my G Watch and I ordered as soon as they showed up on the store. Anyone get theirs processed yet?

  • NeuClix

    My watch Samsung Gear watch from I/O seems to be stuck in the middle of the update. Is anyone else having that problem? When I look at the Gear Live app on my phone it shows that it is "connecting" to bluetooth. I know the update depends on bluetooth. There is a warning on the watch. "Downloading Do not turn off target!!". Not sure if I should restart my watch or phone or delete the Gear Live App or what. Any ideas??

    • Mike Edstrom

      NeuClix, did you ever get a reply to this as I am having the same issue

      • NeuClix

        No but I did restart the watch and everything was okay!

  • Gordon McCague

    My LG G Watch is stuck at 0% with the firmware update. Very irritating. Not even sure how I force it to reboot!