Android 5.1.1 expected soon with gesture controls for Wear watches
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.
“I’m told that Android 5.1.1 for both Android phones/tablets/etc and Wear will be released in the coming days (later this week or next week),” writes Android Police co-founder Artem Russakovskii on Google+.
“You should expect that gesture control and Wi-Fi in Wear 5.1, as previously rumored.”
Wi-Fi support on Android Wear is a big addition because it means you don’t always need to be close to your smartphone to get notifications on your wrist; so long as they’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network, they’ll be in sync.
As for the gesture controls, they’ll add the ability to do things like scroll through notifications with a flick of your wrist.
It’s unclear what Android 5.1.1 will bring to phones and tablets, but it certainly seems as though it will be a more significant release for Android Wear.
Some Nexus devices — such as the Nexus 9, Nexus 4, and 2013 Nexus 7 — are still waiting for Google’s most recent Android 5.1 update. But according to Russakovskii, they’ll just be updated straight to Android 5.1.1 when it becomes available.
- SourceArtem Russakovskii