Android Wear Oreo 8.0 beta

The Android Wear Oreo beta is open to LG Watch Sport W280 users in the USA. Upgrading to beta Android Wear based on Android Oreo 8 is done OTA (over-the-air) by simply requesting Android Wear beta access. Approval is instant for LG Watch Sport W280 users in the USA, and that same night I got the automatic Oreo OTA.

Feature missing from Android Wear Oreo smartwatch

  • ability to use WPA-EAP Wifi AP

Android Wear Oreo new features

Android Wear Oreo 8.0 is mostly about behind-the-scenes performance updates. However, a few worthwhile visible improvements have also been made.

  • Battery saver is now always available under System→Battery Saver. Android Wear battery saver turns off: vibration, limits location services/Wifi/cellular usage, app updates, data usage and reduces display brightness. Previously (Android Wear OS ≤ 7.1), Battery Saver would come on automatically at 15 % battery, and there was no way to turn on Battery Saver manually.
  • Auto Do Not Disturb when off wrist. This means the watch won’t buzz (vibrate) annoyingly on your nightstand or desk with ability to still allow: Alarms, Favorites, Reminders, Events.
  • Vibration select: Normal, Long, or Double Vibrate

Versions

  • Android Wear: 2.0.0.168592122
  • Google Play Services: 11.5.18
  • OS 8.0.0
  • Security Patch Aug 1, 2017

Android Wear force reboot

My LG Watch Sport W280 stuck at “preparing to upgrade” at 2 % progress for many hours. I finally force rebooted by:

  1. press & hold the side center button for 10 seconds. The watch will make a long vibration, keep pressing until this vibration stops.
  2. If you get a broken Android logo with a triangle orange exclamation mark, Force reboot once more.

Now you should have fallen back to the previous Android OS 7.1 on your smartwatch. The next day, Android Wear Oreo installed OTA automatically and correctly.

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