Although many users are still waiting for the update to Wear OS 3, Google has already presented the latest version of its smartwatch operating system: Wear OS 4. Among other things, it should optimize the battery life of the smartwatch and bring a long-awaited feature with backups.
Battery to last longer
A fundamental change is said to be the introduction of a new watch face XML format that completely dispenses with executable code. This, in turn, means that optimized code no longer has to be taken into account during the digit sheet development. Carelessness here no longer leads to battery life impairments – and the new format is itself more energy-efficient than the most optimized executable code. Ultimately, this means that smartwatches running Wear OS 4 will need to be charged less often than those running predecessors. The overall performance should also benefit.
Other innovations include the introduction of a backup function, which many users have wanted for a long time. This will make it much easier in the future to back up all settings and thus restore them in the event of technical problems or when switching to a different clock. Previously, this was not possible, so that a complete reset had to be made each time.
Better smart home integration through Wear OS 4
In addition, Google wants to improve the integration of smartwatches in smart home networks. For example, Wear OS 4 should make it possible to control the color of smart lamps or media playback on compatible devices. The new operating system is rounded off by additional apps that significantly expand the smartwatch’s range of functions. These include WhatsApp, Gmail and a calendar app.
It is not yet known when Wear OS 4 will launch and which smartwatches will be compatible with the new operating system. Google has only hinted that it will be available for both the Pixel Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch.