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Moto 360 gets software update

Google Motorola Moto 360 gets software update with improved battery life
Motorola Moto 360
Motorola's smartwatch now offers improved autonomy, as well as multiple tweaks and bug fixes.

Motorola claims "Moto 360 was designed to be timeless" and this also applies to the Android Wear software that powers this smartwatch.  The company posted last week on the official blog details about the Moto 360 software update that started to roll out on the same day - October 21.

These are the highlights of the new firmware for Motorola Moto 360 as revealed by Larry Narwal from the company's Product Marketing department:

  • Smart battery saving - when battery load reaches 15 percent, the device automatically turns off ambient mode
  • Timely time checks - more frequent time syncing
  • Mood lighting - automatically adjusts display brightness to the ambient 
  • Bluetooth-ready - "under-the-hood enhancements that will pave the way for connecting Bluetooth headsets"
  • Multiple bug fixes
  • User interface tweaks

Before the update, most Moto 360 users reported at least one full day of battery life. Now they also claim improved performance next to the enhanced autonomy mentioned by Larry Narwal's post.

This update rolls out in phases as usual, so users need to pay attention to the update notification on their watches. To perform the update, the Moto 360 needs to have at least 80 percent charge and to be connected to a smartphone with Internet access.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-10-26 (Update: 2014-10-26)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.