We're still messing around with the new features found in the most recent update to the Moto 360, but this one deserves a brief mention on its own.

The animation lag we'd experienced since we first got the smartwatch is all but gone. We're still seeing the occasional hiccup, but overall the animations are much improved, a drastic change from the past couple months.

Update: We've also received the Android Wear 4.4W2 update on our LG G Watch R review unit, and the update has eliminated almost all of the lag we were seeing on that device too, while adding a couple of new watch faces.

As a reminder, here's what's new in the 4.4W.2 release for the Moto 360:

  • 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.

More: Moto 360 forums