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Get Google's new Android Wear update now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Get Google’s new Android Wear update now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

In preparation for the big Android Wear upgrade that’s on the way, Google’s Wear companion app has today been updated to take advantage of its new Wi-Fi syncing capabilities. The release also lets you manage multiple Wear watches on one phone.

LG's original Android Wear watch doesn't have Wi-Fi. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

LG’s original Android Wear watch doesn’t have Wi-Fi. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Google’s latest Android Wear update finally enables Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing your smartwatch to communicate with your phone even when it’s out of Bluetooth range. But not all Wear watches have Wi-Fi built-in.

Users of the LG G Watch and the Asus ZenWatch are among those who are out of luck.

You can now draw emojis on Android Wear. Photo: Google

You can now draw emojis on Android Wear. Photo: Google

Google is rolling out a massive Android Wear update that hopes to greatly improve the way we use our smartwatches. It finally brings support for Wi-Fi and a new app launcher, and also adds gestures, the ability to draw emojis, and more.

Android Wear is set to get gesture controls with Google's next update. Photo: Motorola

Android Wear is set to get gesture controls with Google’s next update. Photo: Motorola

Google’s Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update is expected to arrive in the coming days, and it will be bringing gesture control and Wi-Fi support for Android Wear devices, one source claims.

Android Wear on the Moto 360. Photo: Google.

Android Wear on the Moto 360. Photo: Google.

It seems Google is already gearing up to address one of the advantages Apple Watch has over Android Wear by allowing compatible wearables to receive notifications over Wi-Fi. A future update will also bring gesture controls, sources say.

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