Just a couple of days ago, the Moto 360 was updated with a new version of the Android software. It’s 5.1.1 and it comes with a few new nice tweaks. Here’s what’s new.
The first thing you’ll notice is the new app launcher. You can get to this app launcher by tapping the screen or pressing and holding the button. And if you scroll down the list, you’ll see all kinds of apps like your alarm or anything that’s compatible installed on your phone. Now if you swipe from right to left, then you get to a contact list. When you tap on a specific contact, you can send them a text message or you can even draw them a little emoji.
One of the other main user interface changes is the new notifications screen. If you swipe down from the top edge, you’ll see that the icons for notifications have been laid out in a line. They’re not clustered up in the top anymore and if you swipe across, you get cinema mode, you get brightness boost and you get another section to go into your settings menu. And settings has been updated as well. You can now change the watch face directly from the settings menu.
And there’s a new wrist gestures option. What this does it that it lets you scroll through your notification cards on your screen by flicking your wrist. You can go up and down the list, depending on how you gesture.
There’s also a new Wi-Fi settings option once you connect to a Wi-Fi network. So even if your phone isn’t within range or connected via Bluetooth, you can still get notifications on your watch.
And lastly, you have a new screen lock option. Just like Android had right at the beginning, you can draw a pattern to lock your screen. So if your watch is not on your wrist and it’s been that for a while and somebody picks it up, they’ll have to then put a pattern in to unlock the watch.
So that quickly was the new changes in the Moto 360 with Android 5.1.1.