Google details new Android Wear 5.1 features for SmartWatch 3

by XB on 21st April 2015

in Accessories, Android, Firmware

SW3 Android Wear

Google and Sony has outlined some neat new features for an upcoming Android Wear 5.1 update. One of the big updates is Wi-Fi support for the SmartWatch 3, this means the watch will be able to carry on getting notifications, even if it is not connected to your phone via Bluetooth. The SW3 will need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network and the phone will need a data connection.

The update will also include the ability to have ‘always-on’ apps. This means apps can stay visible for as long as you need them. To save on battery, the screen will only stay in full colour whilst you are looking at it.


Other changes have been made to the launcher so that contacts/apps are only a swipe away. Notifications can now be viewed by the flick of a wrist.

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Want an easy and quick way to send an emoji via message or text? Well now you will be able to draw them directly onto the watch, with Google able to recognise hundreds of different types.


Lastly, the update will also bring adjustable font sizes and pop up notifications. Overall, it seems it will be a worthwhile update. We will let you know once it starts to roll.

Via Google Blog and Sony Mobile Blog.

Thanks Ankit and Bollkalle!

  • goldenblls

    I’m getting this but with the metal wrist strap. Great features!

  • Fadi Obaya

    Always want one, but they are so expensive. Come on!

  • fluxx

    Although the SWR50 is a little bit too big for my wrist I have to admit that Sony has done nearly everything right with this watch, especially since the metal version is available (and there are still some rubber bands you can switch to, perfect). I hope for a little smaller version in the future, with an even better colored and centered screen. But these are just little nitpicks, the SWR50 still rocks and it is nice to see how it improves over time with Googles updates.

  • ka

    Xperia Nexus smartphone from Sony?

  • ka

    fast updates for xperia phones?

  • Ritwij

    The black theme would be great for watches with AMOLED display, only few pixels would be ON. Really great for the battery life.

  • Snorky112


  • Snorky112

    just kidding

  • Snorky112

    149€ on amazon …

  • Joshua Phillis

    every one that sees my wifes sw3 thinks its an apple watch and is impressed its sonys!

  • Raj Singh

    Just goes to show you most of the people out there are idiots. Well, that and the fact that Sony has no clue how to market their hardware or develop brand awareness.

  • DrazenDodig

    Initially I didnt like it, but once I saw it live – it looks great. Now I own it for a month, and it works great too – battery life is awesome compared to others!

  • Raj Singh

    I wish the display was OLED and centered to the frame.
    The steel version looks pretty cool.

  • Wolf

    Deep down inside you know you want it ;P

  • Wolf

    Exactly what i was thinking. The black/white theme would help to save battery if it was an OLED display where only lighted pixels needed to be powered on. With LCD technology that relies on backlight, it doesn’t really work that way does it? If anything, a white themed would technically make more sense in battery saving.

    …unless Sony’s hinting at SW4 having an OLED display o.O

  • Ryan Kumar-jassi

    I get the exact same problem with my sw3 people its not a shitty crapple watch :-)

  • Guest

    Don’t Feel alone.. xperiablog ;

  • Jaissal S

    When will Sony start selling the Steel strap on it’s own?

  • “Don’t feel alone XperiaBlog?” But… but…

  • Snorky112

    I dont have xperia SP :p

  • Ritwij

    Yep, it won’t work on LCD displays. I really doubt Sony would bring a watch with OLED display because none of the recent Xperia line-up has it. It is possible, but not very likely.

  • Guest

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  • ergeco

    The display is transreflective LCD, so you can read it in direct sun and most ambient light levels without a backlight. A black and white colour scheme will enhance the contrast for visibility without the backlight on. That is another reason the battery life is so good.

  • There’s a great deal now on Amazon UK on black model:

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