Wear OS Developer Preview 2 delivers enhanced battery saver mode

Wear OS Developer Preview 2 delivers enhanced battery saver mode

Qualcomm began work on the new platform immediately following the launch of the 2100, and has used the intervening years to observe consumers and brands expectations and requirements within the wearables landscape. Treble aims to offer faster Android updates by separating the hardware code from core OS code. While the list of new features isn't as long as its smartphone version, Wear OS ' Android P update is promising to address one of the biggest gripes smartwatch users have: a shorter than ideal battery life. In order to start interacting with your watch again you'll have to press the physical side button - a quick tap to view the time, or a long press to fully disable this mode and restore regular operation. Yes, I'm talking about Qualcomm and the Snapdragon 2100 Android Wear-ready chip they made years ago.

Google continues to tweak power settings with an "enhanced battery saver mode" in which the radios and clock face are off.

It is also being reported that the upcoming platform will be the first of its kind "dedicated chips" that is said to have "no compromises". And like the Google Assistant on your phone or a Google-powered smart speaker, the Assistant in Wear OS now has full Actions support so you can turn on your robo vacuum, get updates on the stock market, or check the train timetable without needing to use a different device.

While there is no official update at the moment, Google has released a Developer Preview which is now only available for the Huawei Watch 2. Furthermore, by the 2018 holiday season, several partners will have announced new products containing the new chipsets. The platform will have a bunch of SoCs - dedicated to use cases, as explained by the executive, though features such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will be standard and some models will include Global Positioning System and LTE connectivity. Back in 2016, Qualcomm announced a significant update as it announced the Snapdragon 2100, which is now being used in nearly every Wear OS watch. Let's hope that we will see the new wave of Wear OS devices soon. And Kedia is right in that smartwatches look bad when you aren't using them.

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