If you're still waiting for that Android Wear 5.1.1 update, don't worry! It's coming. Eventually. Probably. We hope. It might even be coming very soon now (really!), because Google's posted an update on its product forums officially announcing the update there. That post also contains the same list of Wear devices getting Wi-Fi support in the update that we'd seen previously, and it's unchanged. The Moto 360, Sony Smartwatch 3, and Samsung Gear Live will all get Wi-Fi. The Watch Urbane ships with the feature out of the box. Sony confirmed this a while back, as did Motorola. Samsung never issued a comment that I can locate.
Yep, Maps for Android Wear, it's happening! A few of you have already spotted the icon in your Wear launchers if you're running the new Maps 9.9 APK and Android Wear 5.1+, you should be able to get Maps for Android Wear fully up and running... mostly.
It's a bit crashy for me and certain things don't work sometimes, like nearby places. But the UI is just what you'd expect - zoom in and out buttons (thankfully), a compass / locator button, and nearby places are basically your major features. I've just started playing with the app, so I don't have much else for you yet, but here are some pictures.
If you've got a Find 7 or Find 7a phone from OPPO and you're itching for an official Lollipop ROM, head on over to the company's user forums. A beta version of Color OS 2.1, running on top of Android 5.0 code, has been posted for you to download. At the moment this edition of the software is not available via an over-the-air update, though that should be coming soon enough.
Amazon, cut this crap out. Seriously, I'm getting really sick of it. As someone who pays you for media on a regular basis, to say nothing of my recurring Amazon Prime payments, I feel like I'm more than justified in telling you to stop sabotaging your own damn products.
Ahem. A little backstory, before we get to the central point here. After years of pretending that their customers simply didn't want to watch Amazon Instant Video on non-Fire devices, while concurrently giving iOS owners free access to their bought-and-paid-for video libraries, Amazon finally relented and released an Android app. Not a great Android app, mind you.
Up until today, the only Wear watch with Android 5.1 was LG's newly released Watch Urbane. But if you have an older device, your impatient wait and envy over those lucky Urbane owners might be almost over. According to user Verdes8891 on Reddit, his Asus ZenWatch has just received the new software OTA, bumping it up to Android 5.1.1.
While this update from 5.0.2 might sound small on paper, it is arguably one of the most significant ones in Wear's history.
Motorola posted the Android 5.1 changelog for the second gen Moto E earlier this month (along with the 1st and 2nd gen Moto X). A week later, we saw over-the-air updates go out. What about the older Moto E released a year before? As it turns out, Motorola isn't leaving the phone behind. The company is currently soak testing Android 5.1 on the device in India.
I don't have a Nexus Player, neither do I live in a country where Netflix is available, but I would have assumed that a movie and TV streaming app on a set-top box should support surround sound. By default. I mean, that's a given, isn't it? WRONG. So wrong. Couldn't be any more wrong. Netflix' official version for Android TV, 1.0.4 build 136, just plays sound in stereo, no Dolby in sight.
Screenshots courtesy of our tipster, Garrett
That bummer is now remedied thanks to the extracted Netflix 2.0 APK from Sony's Android TV. Thanks to the same XDA user brar.arsh who extracted the Amazon Instant File, we now have a newer version of Netflix that you can send to your Nexus Player.
Did you remember that Samsung made an Android Wear device? To be honest, I had almost completely forgotten. It seems no one ever talks about that watch, and apparently not many people were buying it either because Google just pulled the plug on the device on the Google Store. When you open the product page you are greeted with this sad sight (or site, your call).
Gone before I've ever seen one in the wild. What a pity. Alas, Darwin's law of natural selection appears to be in effect even in the world of wearables. If you were longing for the warm embrace of a Samsung wrist hug and are crushed by this news, never fear, the Gear Live can still be purchased on Amazon for $200.
One of the problems with all these Android Wear watches is that there's not a standard charging mechanism. That means you (usually) have to use the cradle that comes with them. If that breaks, you better hope you've got a spare on hand. Now you can get another one for the LG Watch Urbane.