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Wear OS 5 triples down on battery life

Two Pixel Watch 2s side by side.
Wear OS 5 is on the way. | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

Wear OS 5 is on its way, and with it, Google says Android smartwatch users ought to see even better battery life. Running a marathon, for example, will purportedly consume 20 percent less battery than on Wear OS 4.

This emphasis on battery life is similar to last year’s Wear OS 4 announcement — and for good reason. Wear OS 4 helped the Pixel Watch 2 last an entire day, something the original struggled to do. That improved battery life has seemingly bought some goodwill. Google says that, in the last year, the Wear OS user base grew by an impressive 40 percent across 160 countries and regions.

Of course, we’ll likely have to wait until Samsung’s next-gen Galaxy Watch and the Pixel Watch 3 this fall to see how this improved battery life…

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