Google confirms Wear OS 5 will have better battery, new features, new running metrics & more

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We’ve been counting down the days until Wear OS 5 makes its debut, and following on from Google’s IO’s Wear OS panel today (May 15), we have a much better idea of what to expect from the wearable platform.

Wear OS 5, based on Android 14, will see several headline features come to some of Wear OS’s best smartwatches, such as the Google Pixel Watch 2. Chief among them is a big increase in battery life, with up to 20% of power saved when using GPS and running a marathon

Elsewhere, there are new running metrics that apps can track, including Ground Contact Time, Stride Length, Vertical Oscillation and Vertical Ratio, similar to the metrics introduced by Apple on WatchOS 9

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Apps will also be able to log and monitor your health data while running in the background via Google‘s Health Connect system, instead of only reading the data each time the app is opened in the foreground.  Health Connect is essentially a bridge between apps that use your health data, writing to the same repository and sharing that data between themselves. 



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Google confirms Wear OS 5 will have better battery, new features, new running metrics & more

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