Google acknowledges battery drain issue in Android Wear 5.1.1

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Last month, Google started rolling out a major update to all Android Wear running smartwatches out there, which includes features like Wi-Fi support, new gestures, hand drawn emojis and more.

However, the update led to some severe battery drain issues for the majority of Android Wear smartwatch users. Online forums and communities are filled with complaints about the Android Wear 5.1 update depleting the battery of most smartwatches at a staggering rate. The problem seems to effect all Android Wear running smartwatches that have received the update, which includes the LG G Watch, the G Watch R, Samsung Gear Live, Sony SmartWatch 3 and others.


Google has now acknowledged the issue on its product forums and confirmed that it is working on a fix. It is unclear when the company will be rolling out the update, but looking at how severe the battery drain is, I am guessing it should land by the end of this month.

Until the update lands though, many Android Wear users have been trying to get through the day by rebooting their smartwatch once daily to keep the battery drain in check with mixed results.

[Via Google Product Forums]