Back in September, Google started rolling out a revamped version of ‘Wear OS’, its Android-based operating system that runs on smartwatches and other wearables. Bearing version number 2.1, it includes features like gesture-based navigation and Google Assistant integration.
Following up on that, Google has now introduced Wear OS version ‘H’. The naming scheme may be a little odd, but the new version does come with some interesting features.
According to a report by 9to5Google, the first notable feature in version ‘H’ of Wear OS is an improved battery saver mode. When activated, it extends battery life by displaying only the time when the battery level reaches 10 percent. As per Google, the new version improves ‘on-body’ efficiency as well. This means that if the smartwatch is not worn for over 30 minutes, it goes into a ‘deep sleep’ mode.
Other than that, version ‘H’ notably includes enhanced app switching functionality. The ‘Smart App Resume’ lets users resume apps where they left them on the smartwatch. It could possibly mean that users can directly jump to the same section of an app they were using previously.
Lastly, the new version comes with a better power menu. Now, holding the power button brings up a power menu, which has options to either shut down or restart the smartwatch.
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According to Google, Wear OS version ‘H’ will be coming to compatible smartwatches ‘over the coming months’. Even though there are no details available (yet) about the eligible devices, it’s quite likely that all smartwatches running Wear OS 2.1 will get the update.