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New Moto 360 Update Brings Smart Battery Saving and Interface Tweaks

by Killian Bell | October 22, 2014October 22, 2014 4:00 am PST

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A new Android Wear update rolling out now to the Motorola Moto 360 is bringing a number of new features and some welcome user interface tweaks. In addition to a new Smart Battery Saving mode, users can expect more accurate time, some welcome user interface tweaks, and more.

This is the same Android Wear update — version 4.4W.2 — that initially began its rollout on the LG G Watch on Tuesday. However, it contains a number of new features and improvements that you won’t find on other Android Wear watches — at least not right now.

Chief among them is Smart Battery Saving, a new feature that automatically turns off ambient mode on your watch when your battery life reaches 15%, allowing you to get the most out of the life remaining. There’s also a function called Mood Lighting, which adjusts the brightness of your Moto 360’s display while it’s charging to match the lighting in the room.

In addition, your Moto 360 will now sync the time with your phone more frequently to ensure that it’s always up to the minute — and those who like to use their device like a traditional watch now have new ways to handle notifications so that they don’t get in the way of their watch face.

“We observed with consumers that there are many times where you want to use your Moto 360 as truly a classic watch—a beautiful way to see the time,” Motorola says in a post on its blog. “A new gesture now lets you see the full watch face without permanently dismissing a notification. Just touch the top of a notification and swipe down.”

Finally, this update paves the way for the ability to connect to Bluetooth headsets, and it squashes a number of bugs that should enhance the overall user experience. The release is being rolled out right now, but it’s coming in waves, so if you haven’t already received it you should do very soon.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...