Odds are, the next big wave of Google smartwatches are . In the meantime, Google's updating Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) with a few key upgrades. In addition to a better , Google's added battery-saving functions to the new developer build of Wear OS, the company announced Wednesday.
The key parts of that involve re-enabling Wi-Fi when Bluetooth is disconnected, something Google automatically deactivated previously. Google's also recommending that apps don't use background app functions if at all possible, making foreground function the main way apps work, and keeping apps from chewing up processor and battery life.
It's still a big problem with smartwatches. The Apple Watch lasts two days, max. Wear OS watches are largely similar. The leads Apple and Google's watches on battery, but still needs two charges a week. But face it: Right now, smartwatches mean keeping a charger handy.
Batteries can't get too large on watches, butmight be better at sipping power for longer. And Google's Wear OS changes might help with that, much like . Perhaps.
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