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New Wear OS update brings Battery Saver Mode and more

Wear OS is due a new upgrade. (Source: Gizmodo)
Wear OS is due a new upgrade. (Source: Gizmodo)
Wear OS is getting a new update. Known as "H", it adds a new battery-saving mode to Android-powered watches. The new update also overhauls how a watch reboots or shuts down, as well as how it resumes apps and handles the switch to sleep mode.

Google's Wear OS, or Android for smartwatches, is apparently going to get an upgrade. This new version may be termed Wear OS H. It is reported to offer an improved battery saving mode to the watches eligible for this update. This new feature involves the restriction to time-display functions only once a smartwatch's battery hits 10%.

The new update for Android-based smartwatches also improves on the way these devices are deactivated. It consists of simply holding the main power button down until a screen showing options to reboot or shut down. This is a positive step away from the current situation for so many watches, which involves going through the entire Settings menu to find the 'shut down' option.

Wear OS 'H' also includes Smart App Resume, which may enhance how apps behave when they are switched on a watch. It also has an improved off-body detection functionality, so that a watch will go into deep sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity. The new update should become more widely available over the next few months. However, the ability to receive it may depend on the respective manufacturer for each watch, and possibly the age of the watch in question.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-11-16 (Update: 2018-11-16)