Google releases Wear OS update to improve battery life and speed
Almost all Google projects related to mobile devices are successful. Android, Google Play, Google Camera - the list is endless. It is immediately clear that the company is burning with what they do and trying to give all the best. Another thing is that misfires sometimes happen too. Take the Wear OS operating system, which, although it is in variable demand from the audience, in fact, remains a rather passing story. But Google is not losing hope of turning it into the main wearable platform on the market.
This summer, Google announced plans to release a major update to Wear OS. The company promised that the release will take place later this fall, preferring not to give any specifics. In principle, this was understandable, because the coronavirus pandemic made serious adjustments to the plans of many corporations that were forced to replay a lot. Google itself faced the consequences of the epidemic in the summer, when it was forced to postpone the launch of the Android 11 beta testing program three times in a row. But the Wear OS update was released as timely as possible.
What's new in the Wear OS update
Typically, major updates contain an abundance of new features. But in the case of Wear OS, things turned out to be a little different. This time, Google decided to pay attention, not to small and meaningless innovations but to literally shovel the operating system in order to bring it to a qualitatively new level. Here's what happened to the OS after the update:
- Improving system performance on a watch with 1 GB of RAM or less;
- Increase the download and launch speed of installed applications by 20%;
- Redesign and increase the consistency of the placement of controls;
- Increasing the sensitivity of sensors that determine the start of training;
- Transferring the operating system kernel from Android 9 to Android 11;
- Changing the method of the initial clock setting in order to speed up the process;
- Improving stability while maintaining a connection with a smartphone;
- Increased battery life for all watch models.
As you can see, there were really a lot of changes, although Google did not focus on new features. In principle, this is logical. After all, if you think about it, what other functions do smartwatches need? It will be quite difficult to teach them to measure pressure without special sensors, and there is almost no point in running applications from Google Play on them. So Google's developers did what they had to do - they focused on improving overall platform stability, improving performance that is never superfluous, and reducing power consumption, which gave an increase in autonomy.
When will the Wear OS update be released
Despite the fact that Google has already released a fresh update for Wear OS in the release, it is rolling out gradually and so far is only available on smartwatches from some manufacturers. Most likely, the limited availability is associated with the company's intention to test the changes that have occurred to the operating system, so that if something happens, it will be able to recall it with minimal losses. After all, if users turn their gadgets into bricks as a result of the update, the search giant will have to urgently do something, otherwise, the whole process may take a little longer, but it will obviously be safer.
As for the relevance of the update itself, then there may be questions. As you know, today there are two leaders in the smartwatch market - Apple and Samsung. But neither one nor the other use Wear OS, equipping their gadgets with proprietary platforms: watchOS and Tizen OS. Therefore, the Wear OS audience will clearly be rather scarce. These are the owners of smartwatches Huawei, Honor, LG, Motorola, and Xiaomi. But the whole problem is that most of these brands have not been producing anything for a long time. And, therefore, it is still difficult to say whether anyone will appreciate the released update or not.