LG explains what’s going on with Android Wear updates and WiFi support

A little confused about the new big Android Wear update? We don’t blame you. While Google first announced the software a month back, the only way to get it was with a brand-new LG Watch Urbane. And then then this week Google seemed to repeat itself, re-announcing the update (but at least finally in a way that made it clear that updates were heading out soon to existing hardware). But while these new release notes spelled out which models would get the promised WiFi support, some seemingly compatible smartwatches weren’t on the list. In an effort to shed some light on what’s going on, LG’s released a statement explaining what’s happening, to which watches, when.

The easy answers come for the LG Watch Urbane and its inaugural Android Wear offering, the G Watch: the Watch Urbane already has both the latest software and WiFi support, and while the old G Watch will be getting the Android Wear 5.1.1 update OTA, it just doesn’t have the hardware in place to connect over WiFi.

The situation’s slightly more complicated for the G Watch R (above), which though it has WiFi hardware, it wasn’t on Google’s list of Android Wear watches that will gain WiFi connectivity with the arrival of the new system update. LG explains that the G Watch R will get its update OTA just like the G Watch, but WiFi support won’t be initially present.

Instead, the manufacturer will come out with a separate maintenance update later in the year that will finally flip that WiFi switch on. For now, we don’t have an ETA any more specific than sometime in the third quarter, meaning that you’ll be waiting at least another solid month – and possibly a couple more. But eventually, your WiFi support is coming; keep the faith!

Source: LG

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