Google has just announced a new Wear OS update that will hopefully let you squeeze a bit more battery out of your smartwatch. The “H” update, as Google calls it, was announced with little fanfare on the Wear OS community support page.
This update is all about battery life. Battery saver mode will now turn on automatically when your device falls below 10 percent. This will also put your watch into “time only” mode. Additionally, your device will automatically go into deep sleep mode to conserve battery after 30 minutes of inactivity.
There are a few other non-battery features here, too. Now, you’ll be able to pick up where you left off across every app on your smartwatch.
Google is also making it easier to turn off your Wear OS device. Just hold the power button down until you see the power-off screen, then press “power off” or “restart.” This is actually a really nice addition — in older versions of Wear OS, you’d need to open the settings menu, scroll down to system, then press the “power off” button.
Even though Google is announcing the update today, it’s not rolling out for the next couple months. We’ll be sure to let you know once it starts rolling out. For now, patience!