Android Wear 5.1.1 is rolling out now to your Moto 360

Wear 5.1.1 is here. Photo: Motorola

Wear 5.1.1 is here. Photo: Motorola

Moto 360 owners are finally receiving Google’s latest Android Wear update — version 5.1.1. This is a major release that enables Wi-Fi connectivity, adds gesture controls and emojis, and lots more.

Google announced Wear 5.1.1 back in April, and smartwatch makers have been rolling it out to their devices ever since. Moto 360 owners have had to wait a little longer than most while Motorola fixed some performance problems — but the update is now rolling out over-the-air.

One of its biggest changes is support for Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing your Moto 360 to communicate with your smartphone over the same network, rather than being restricted by Bluetooth. And thanks to Cloud Sync, you can even connect to other networks with your watch and receive alerts remotely.

Another helpful feature is low-power mode for third-party apps, which lets you display things like maps, checklists, fitness data and more in black and white at all times — like an “ambient” watch face. Raising the watch or waking it up manually brings back the full-color view.

Wear's new low-power mode works with apps as well as watch faces. Photo: Google

Wear’s new low-power mode works with apps as well as watch faces. Photo: Google

Wear 5.1.1 also brings the ability to send emoji replies by sketching them on the screen, and gesture controls, which let you scroll through notifications with a flick of your wrist. It’s one of Google’s biggest Wear releases to date, so you’re going to want to get your hands on it as soon as you can.

Google’s Wayne Piekarski says you can expect Wear 5.1.1 to reach your Moto 360 over the next few days.