Original Moto 360 Will Not Receive Android Wear 2.0


Motorola Support seemingly revealed more than what was necessary in a recent Twitter reply regarding the company's future plans for its first-gen Moto 360 watch.

The device in question was recently updated with Android Wear 5.1.1, which introduces a number of new features such as always-on apps, emoji input, Wi-Fi connectivity, gesture support for UI navigation and media browsing.

The company also released new security features for Moto 360 users with its 6.0.1 security patch, though it was unknown if the first-gen Moto 360 would be getting the update.

Twitter user @timo_capa took to the Motorola Support page to ask if the security patch was coming to their Moto 360 v1:

The company answered in a matter of minutes, which may have caused a slip on Motorola’s part, revealing more than what was intended:

The reply brought unintended news to original Moto 360 users, stating that their devices will not be getting the Android Wear 2.0 update, which features customizable watch faces, conversion of screen scribbles to actual text, stand-alone apps and many more.

While most smartwatches get further-improved multitasking capacities on their devices, first-generation Moto 360 users will be sticking with Android Wear 1.4. This version previously added screen dimming, navigation gestures, app permissions, expanded support for messaging clients and the Doze Mode. 

The revelation is not that shocking, however, as Google previously declared a two-year limited warranty to push updates for most Android devices as well as tightening control over such releases. Motorola may be experiencing the repercussions of these limitations and thus the exclusion of first-gen Moto 360s from the Android Wear 2.0 update.

Motorola did promise to constantly update its devices with the latest security measures against future threats after the question was clarified by @timo_capa. The complete conversation is as follows:

In more recent news, the Motorola company is currently in the works to launch its latest smartphones, the Moto Z Droid Edition and the Moto Z Force Droid Edition. No official launch date has been released, save for the reported exclusive release through Verizon Wireless.

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