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Moto 360 Android 4.4w.2 update includes smart battery saving, mood lighting and more

The Moto 360 has now received the Android 4.4w.2 update, which includes a few Moto 360-specific changes like a new smart battery saving mode and mood lighting.
October 21, 2014
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Following the LG G Watch, Moto 360 owners (myself included) are starting to see the new Android 4.4w.2 update arrive! In addition to everything we already knew about the update, there’s also a few Motorola-specific changes here as well.

First up, there’s a new Smart Battery feature that automatically turns off ambient mode after your battery gets to 15% percent. That’s a pretty cool addition, as I generally use ambient and shut it off manually around 20% anyhow. That’s not all, there’s also a new mood lighting mode and better time syncing. The update even includes several bug fixes.

Here’s the full change log, highlighting what’s new here:

  • Smart Battery Saving – When your battery hits 15%, your Moto 360 will turn off ambient mode, so you don’t have to remember to.
  • Timely Time Checks – Moto 360 will synchronize the time with your phone more often to make sure it is up to the minute.
  • User Interface Tweaks – 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. 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. You’ll see the notification again when you have another high priority notification.
  • Mood Lighting – Moto 360 will adjust to the lighting of the room while charging, so that it isn’t too bright or too dark.
  • Readying the wires for Bluetooth – There are a couple of under-the-hood enhancements that will pave the way for connecting Bluetooth headsets to the watch.
  • Bug Squashing – As usual, bugs are squashed to enhance the overall user experience.

While I was lucky enough to receive the update already, keep in mind that it could take hours or even days to reach everyone. You’ll also need at least 80% battery life before you can install the update. For those that have updated, what do you think so far?