Android 5.1.1 expected soon with gesture controls for Wear watches

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.

“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.