The latest gadget from Apple – the Apple Watch gets its first software update within a month of its launch, with the latest Watch OS 1.0.1. The smartwatch is getting the update via its Watch companion app on the iPhone. Weighing 51.6MB, the latest update brings with it a slew of improvements and multiple bug fixes, enhancing the overall performance of the smartwatch, notes Apple.
In addition, the Watch OS 1.0.1 update also adds support for over 300 Emoji characters added in iOS 8.3 and OS X Yosemite 10.10.3.
The update screen on the iPhone companion app lists six features under the “Improved Performance” section namely:
- measuring stand activity
- calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts
- distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts
- third-party apps.
Along with the improvements mentioned above and support for new Emoji characters, Apple has also added support for seven new languages that include Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai, and Turkish.
To install the update, at least 50 percent of battery is required on the Apple Watch and it should be within the range of your phone, connected to its charger, or else it’ll pause the installation process if any of the above-mentioned criteria isn’t met. From there on, it is essentially the same update process that works for the iOS.
Meanwhile, earlier this week it was also reported that Apple is planning to bring new features and apps to its smartwatch. Additional features expected to be rolled out on the Apple Watch shortly include Find my Watch, Smart Leashing, blood pressure monitor and glucose/blood sugar sensors. Google also announced its first ever app for the Apple Watch last week with an update to its News and Weather app for iOS. The app is now officially available on the Apple Watch app list.