Google Fit for Wear OS now has a low-power GPS option, which saves battery life

The short lifespan of the battery is a common gripe voiced by smartwatch owners. This is especially true with regard to devices running Wear OS. Google is putting forth a lot of effort to try and solve the problem by developing a new low-power GPS mode.

With GPS, you won’t have to worry about any of your running numbers being inaccurate. It consumes a significant amount of battery, and locating a signal might be challenging at times. Despite this, the rewards are absolutely commensurate with the effort. It accomplishes this by establishing a connection with a constellation of GPS satellites. The receiver is in charge of getting the signals, doing the math needed to figure out how far away the satellites are, and using this information to figure out where it is.

Up until this point, the low-power GPS option has only been made available on Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro. Therefore, if you own the gadget, the functionality to save battery life should be included the next time Google Fit is updated.

It is not apparent how exactly it can make a person live longer, and there is no information available to compare how much it will assist. It is possible that it operates in a manner analogous to the Suunto FusedTrack technology, which integrates data from GPS and motion sensors. By lowering the amount of power the GPS gets, users can extend the life of their batteries without noticing a big drop in accuracy.

Given that there are so many other Wear OS devices that include GPS capabilities, it is unclear why Google chose TicWatch Pro to be the first device to receive the update. In particular, when one takes into account that its battery life is remarkable in comparison to that of a great many other Wear OS watches. In smartwatch mode, the TicWatch Pro has a battery life of around one to three days, whereas Essential Mode has a life of up to one month.

It is hoped that the additional feature will become available on other Wear OS devices in a relatively short amount of time. Users who make frequent use of GPS will almost certainly find it appealing.

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