Dec 9th, 2014

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Android Wear owners everywhere have patiently awaited the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for the wearble platform. Google has been a bit quiet on their end, but a trusted source close to Phandroid reveals Google will look to unleash the goods as early as tomorrow.

That timeline isn’t all that surprising considering Google likes to use humpday as an opportunity to dish out all the updates we can handle. We imagine many other apps will see updates tomorrow to go along with Android 5.0 Lollipop’s arrival, though nothing is ever certain.

moto 360 android wear watch face leak

We originally offered up an exclusive look at everything to come in the first official Lollipop release of Android Wear, but in case you missed it here’s a quick recap:

  • Battery and Storage information in the companion app
  • New watch faces (with ability to switch between watch faces via the companion app) and new APIs for displaying weather icons on any watch face
    • The Moto 360 watch face pictured above was passed over to Derek Ross by a reliable source, as per this Android Forums thread. We may or may not see it on Motorola’s smart watch alongside the other new rumored watch faces.
  • The ability to recover dismissed cards
  • New quick screen brightness toggles (regular, theater mode and sunlight mode)
  • New options for the visual impaired, including text size, color-blind options and magnification
  • OK Google will reorder actions based on your previous activity for a smarter, easier experience

Beyond that, we’ve found that Android 5.0.1 might drastically improve battery life for some watches, something Google could have addressed in the bug fixing .1 portion of the update. There won’t be much else to look forward to if our early leak is anything to go by, though that list is filled with more than enough key changes and improvements to get excited over. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Google tomorrow and in the week to come to see if they’re ready to give our wrists the holiday treat they deserve.

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