Android Wear lag caused by ‘Ok Google’ fault has been fixed by Google

The problem had affected some Wear smartwatches last year
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After some Android Wear smartwatches were found to suffer from lag back in December last year, Google now appears to have resolved the issue with its latest software update.

First spotted by users on Reddit, stuttering smartwatches were found to speed up once the 'Ok Google' activation was disabled in settings. Now, Google has resolved the issue with an update to its platform.

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Again, first noticed by the Reddit community, the Google Issue Tracker notes that the 'Ok Google' bug has been updated. According to one commenter in the thread, version of the Google application introduces the fix for watches experiencing the problem.

For those who have already disabled the activation and want to check if things are running smoothly again, you can re-enable it by going to Settings > Personalisation and pushing the tab back on. If things are still slow, make sure you're all up to date by heading to Settings > Apps > System Apps > Google > App Info.

And if not, you'll have to wait for your device to receive the update. Or, if you're desperate to have 'Ok Google' and a quicker Wear experience back on your wrist, you can download the update from APKMirror.

As a side note, it's surprising it took Google over a month to rectify a fairly major software issue affecting devices. Perhaps it's true - maybe Android Wear isn't at the top of Google's list of priorities.

Android Wear lag caused by ‘Ok Google’ fault has been fixed by Google

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Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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