Wear OS version H will give your smartwatch a battery boost

Good news Wear OS smartwatch owners, there’s a new software update on the way and one of the new features promises to help your watch last a little bit longer.

The system version H Wear OS update adds four new features. The most interesting from a watch stamina point of view is the battery saver mode update.

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This battery saver mode extends battery life by turning on Battery Saver to only display the time once your battery falls below 10%. This is a feature that has been included on Wear watches packed with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 3100 chipset. So that’s the Montblanc Summit 2 and the Fossil Sport.

Improved off body efficiency is another battery improving tweak putting the watch into a deep sleep mode after 30 minutes of inactivity to protect the precious battery life. Away from improving battery performance, Google is adding smart app resume for all apps, which means you can pick up where you left off across all watches.

Last up, Google is simplifying the process of turning off the watch. You’ll be able to simply hold down the power button until you see the power off screen and then select ‘power off’ or ‘restart’. Thanks for that one Google.

This update is rolling out over the next few months, so it’s over to hardware makers like LG, Huawei and Fossil Group to get Wear OS H up and running on your device. If you want to check if the update is available, go to Settings on your watch and then select System and then About. Scroll down and tap System updates to see if the latest update is available.

Google has been ramping up the software updates in recent months clearly with a view to get its smartwatch operating system more fully formed. The Google Fit revamp was a welcome one as were the changes to the Wear OS user interface. While system H isn’t going to give us the kind of battery life we crave from Wear OS smartwatches, it’s certainly a positive thing to see that Google is trying to do what it can do to keep you away from that charger.


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