If there is still a reason why people aren’t as quick to adopt a smartwatch is because of battery life. When you consider the fact that traditional timepieces need a change of battery maybe once every few years (some models are self-charging), the idea that you can only use your smartwatch for 1-2 days before it dies is a bit off-putting.
That being said, smartwatch battery life has come a long way since the early days, and Google is doing their part in improving on that. The company has recently announced the latest update to its Wear OS platform called “H” in which one of the focuses of the update is to the battery saver mode of the operating system.
According to Google, “This update extends your battery life even further by turning on Battery Saver to only display the time once your battery falls below 10%.” There will also be improved off-body efficiency, where when it detects that you are no longer wearing the watch (after 30 minutes), it will go into a deep sleep.
There will also be other features such as smart app resume that lets you pick up where you left off on your watch apps, and a two-step power off function that lets you turn off your Wear OS smartwatch quickly and easily. The update has yet to be released and according to Google, this should take place over the next few months.