With the launch of the latest Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 smartwatches, we are curious if thecoming Google Pixel Wcaught will have a fighting chance. According 9to5GoogleFitbit’s latest foray into the APK, the outlook looks bleak, especially if the estimates that the Pixel Watch battery life will be only a fraction of what Samsung advertises turns out to be true.
Last week 9to5Google decompiled version 3.65 update to official Fitbit Android App to sniff out anything adjacent to Pixel Watch. They found a code indicating an “evening charge reminder” for the Pixel Watch. Essentially, you turn it on to get a notification asking you to charge your watch before your “bedtime goal” if the battery level is too low to last the night. This cut is at 30% batterywhich gives us a rough idea that 8 hours could be 30% of the Pixel Watch’s lifespan, although there’s certainly some wiggle room in that.
That’s a big chunk of juice, especially since the most modern smartwatches waiting for you sleep with watch to aggregate the metrics. The marketing around Samsung’s Galaxy smartwatches has usually been that you can go through the night with enough juice to monitor your REM cycles. That’s why I relied on the Galaxy Watch Active before it was Wear OS-based in the early weeks of parenthood: to determine how well I slept between nightly feedings.
The Fitbit app is an interesting measure to use here. Google bought the company in 2017, and we expected to see some of the fitness app DNA embedded in this new wearable hardware. And while the Pixel Watch is rumored to manage up to 24 hours of life before needing a charge, it’s a wonder how much less that would be with all the sensors enabled for tracking. The Galaxy Watch 5, for example, promises up to 50 hours of battery life, while a regular Fitbit Charge 5 band can handle up to a week on average, as long as you turn off the GPS.
While it is true that smartwatches and fitness bracelets are often promise more than them deliver, it’s also true that optimizing the battery for such small devices is a tall order. For the record, I still don’t know how much battery my Galaxy Watch 4 with LTE is capable of supporting, since everything depends on factors like if I turn on thelocation or if there is an application suspended in the background. I’ve had the watch since its debut last summer.
The Pixel Watch may be designed for more casual users than those looking for a smartwatch to meet specific needs. As The edge pointed out when the Pixel Watch battery rumors first hit, fitness watches tend to last longer on battery because they’re built for serious tracking. Samsung’s smartwatches are beefy to compete at a more palatable price point, but even its Galaxy Watch 5 Pro model has a larger battery to accommodate the person who would use it to track exercise.
We’ll know more about the Pixel Watch in a month or two, at which point we expect Google to hold an event to welcome the launch of the Pixel Watch. Pixel 7 and its accessories. And while you shouldn’t worry about battery life based on unconfirmed facts, you may be wondering what about the Pixel Watch that would inspire you to get one and if there is another laptop that would fit better.
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