Back in April Google released a brand new update to Android Wear that introduced always-on apps, new gestures, emoji drawings, and more. For select watches like the Moto 360 and LG Watch Urbane, the update also brought Wi-Fi support, allowing Android Wear users to roam a little further from their smartphones. Unfortunately, the LG G Watch R didn’t make the cut when it came to Wi-Fi, due the lack of proper driver support for the watch.
In May, LG promised that an update was coming in Q3 2015 that would add this feature to the watch. Right on schedule, Google and LG are now bringing Wi-Fi support to the watch. The much-anticipated addition of Wi-Fi support will arrive with the upcoming Android Wear 1.3 update that Google officially announced this morning. In addition, the update will also bring support for interactive watch faces and better Google Translate support.
As you’d expect, the new Wi-Fi update will be rolling out in stages over the next few weeks. While it would have been better if LG would have introduced Wi-Fi support when it arrived to other Android Wear smartwatches, it is always better to be late than never. We’ll be sure to update the article as soon as we receive word that the update has begun hitting consumer devices.