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Wear OS Developer Preview 2 delivers enhanced battery saver mode

Wear OS Developer Preview 2 delivers enhanced battery saver mode

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), announced that it has worked with Google to implement its next generation operating system, Android P, on select Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ mobile platforms. Qualcomm's lack of attention on the field has caused the Wear OS platform to suffer a bit, and it's been up to the software to keep up with the dated hardware at this point.

I remember my Moto 360 2nd-gen was surprisingly stable, though not flawless, when the Android Wear 1.5 update came out.

The Snapdragon 400 that powered the first Wear devices were originally phones chips with slight customizations. Notably, Google didn't showcase any new features of Wear OS at its I/O 2018 keynote on Tuesday, though an enhanced Google Assistant integration for Wear OS-powered smartwatches was released last week. Many have blamed the stagnation on the fact that the chipset has not been updated in over two years thereby limiting options for manufacturers.

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We're also being promised longer battery lives since the transition to smaller manufacturing processes should lead to a reduction in energy consumption. The device can be sent into deep sleep mode with one press of a special button on the watch, and pressing it again will Wake the gadget for 5 seconds.

But really, all Kedia wanted to talk about was the look of the watches and the fact that their "platform will significantly change the Wear OS ecosystem, what you expect from a smartwatch". "For developers, we added support for Actions on Google to Wear OS and existing Actions will work on Wear OS out of the box". That's finally going to happen later this year as Qualcomm has confirmed that it will be releasing a new processor for Wear OS smartwatches this year. To switch back to full mode, a long press on the same button will do that for you. This will then be followed up with other Wear OS smartwatches for the holiday season.

Google showcased a demo where you could control the lights around your house by talking to the Assistant on your smartwatch. All of them will have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as standard, fitness and sports-oriented chips will have Global Positioning System and some of them will have LTE.


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