Google released a giant update to Android Wear about a month ago, which just started rolling out to all Wear devices last Tuesday. Among many other notable features like gesture support and a more refined contacts/app menu, the update to Android Wear 5.1.1 also brings Wi-Fi support. This allows your Wear device to receive notifications as long as your phone and watch are both connected to a Wi-Fi network. The problem is, the only watches with built-in Wi-Fi support are the LG Watch Urbane, Motorola Moto 360, Sony Smartwatch 3 and Samsung Gear Live. We’ll soon be able to add one more device to that list, according to LG.
In an official statement issued to Android World, LG is working on a maintenance update that brings Wi-Fi support to the G Watch R that will be released sometime in Q3. From LG:
The original LG G Watch was not designed with Wi-Fi in mind and will not have this capability even after the Android Wear update. LG G Watch R will require a maintenance release after the patch update to Android Wear-access Wi-Fi networks. LG engineers are preparing the patch now for availability in the third quarter.
This is certainly great news for folks who own a G Watch R, but it’s still unfortunate that LG didn’t include Wi-Fi support earlier. We’ll be sure to let you know when we hear more about the new update.