Marshmallow Update For Android Wear Promises Battery Boost

By 05:14 Sat, 31 Jul 2021 Comments

With a small over 1% penetration, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is still very much a rarity within the mobile realm and an illusive update most users are still waiting on. But it appears you handset won't be the only device to benefit from the update, Android Wear units will eventually acquire a taste of Marshmallow goodness as well and with potential major benefits.

One of the main expected consequences of the recent Operating System (OS) is improved battery life for the wearables. As most of you surely remember, Doze is a key feature of Android 6.0 and it appears it will be carried over to the wearable version as well.

We can't really say how much this will extdiscontinue average battery life, which currently sits at around two days, depending on usage, as well as how it will play with always on mode enabled. Still, there is bound to be at least some improvement, so we'll hold it.

As for availability, we understand that last generation Moto 360 watches already ship with the recent Wear 1.4 OS. As for other devices, it appears a rollout has been in progress for a few days now, but no official update schedule has been provided. It is also worth noting that the recent update brings support for speakers and making calls (currently limited to the Huawei Watch and the 49mm Asus ZenWatch 2, which have a built-in speaker), as well as a number of recent gestures and voice controls.




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