A few weeks after launching its Android P Developer Preview for smartphones, Google has rolled out a similar preview for Wear OS smartwatches.
Google today unleashed a Wear OS developer preview that brings Android P features to smartwatches. The preview brings with it the following features:
- Restriction related to non-SDK methods and fields: Android P restricts access to non-SDK methods and fields to improve app compatibility.
- Dark UI system theme: Wear OS uses a darker/black background for the notifications stream and system launcher to improve glanceability, and this is now the default system theme and should improve glanceability for apps, too.
- Limited background activity: Apps will no longer be allowed to run in the background unless the watch is on a charger. This move will help to improve power consumption.
- Turning off radios when off body: When the watch detects that it’s not being worn for an extended period of time, it’ll turn off the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular radios to improve power consumption.
- Wi-Fi off when Bluetooth is disconnected: The watch will no longer automatically connect to Wi-Fi when disconnected from Bluetooth to help improve power consumption.
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