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Moto 360’s awful battery now passable thanks to update

An update to Android Wear has apparently boosted the Motorola Moto 360’s dire battery life, although it’s still not quite an all-dayer.

The main complaint chucked at Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch is its poor battery life, which is usually completely sapped before even half a day has passed. Well, many Moto 360 users have reported the battery now lasts around 13 hours after a recent update, which is a marked improvement on its previous 10-hour maximum when using ambient mode.

The update was actually for the Android Wear OS rather than the Moto 360 itself, meaning that hopefully other Android Wear-toting devices will enjoy a similar battery boost as the behind-the-scenes mechanisms become more efficient.

Although seemingly just a bug removal upgrade, the update has fixed issues with laggy Google Now cards and users are reporting the transition between them are now a lot more fluid and the cards themselves more responsive.

General behavior and the UI seem unchanged, but that’s no bad thing because the Moto 360 only launched a little while ago and we’re still getting accustomed.

The official changelog reports changes as:

  • Bluetooth connectivity – Improved Bluetooth connectivity between the watch and phone to reduce momentary disconnects experienced by some users
  • Charging notification – Added a message to confirm that Moto 360 is charging in cases when its battery is fully depleted
  • Bug fixes – implemented bug fixes and other system optimizations

The update has started rolling out automatically to users, but if you haven’t already received it, hold tight – it’s coming in the next few days.


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