Pixel Watch with short battery life suggested by Fitbit app APK teardown

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TL;DR

  • An APK teardown of the Fitbit app revealed that Fitbit is preparing support for Google’s Wear OS.
  • Certain details discovered in the lines of code may reveal what we could expect from the Pixel Watch in terms of battery life.
  • Based on the data, the battery may only have a life of about 24 hours.

In a recent teardown of APK (Android Package Kit), performed by 9to5Googlethe Fitbit app seems to support conjectures about the Pixel Watch and its estimated battery life.

If you’re familiar with Fitbit, you might know that all of Fitbit’s gadgets can track your sleep as long as you wear them. Fitbit Premium subscribers can even get personalized insights and recommendations on how to improve their sleep.

While unveiling the Pixel Watch at Google I/O earlier this year, Google confirmed that the device will include a full suite of Fitbit features, including sleep tracking. It’s the updated data on this feature, found from the APK teardown, that gives us a glimpse into what the potential battery life of the smartwatch could be.

In the data, 9to5Google discovered that the latest update includes new in-app text regarding evening cost reminders for the Pixel Watch. When enabled, the watch recommends charging your device to at least 30% before going to sleep.

It is important to note that an APK teardown focuses on running functions. As a result, there is no guarantee that the mentioned features will actually be rolled out.

While there’s not enough information here to get some concrete numbers, the fact that there should be a reminder in the first place isn’t exactly reassuring, especially when Fitbit smartwatches don’t have this warning. Also, most people spend about 30% of their 24 hours a day sleeping, lending credence to rumors suggesting the watch could have around 24 hours of battery life.

For a smartwatch that you want to use all day, this is not exactly ideal. If your watch is at 10% before you go to bed and you need to charge it, how long should you stay up until your watch is ready? Having a fast charging feature can definitely help in this case. And speaking of charging, does the Pixel Watch come with wireless charging, or do you always need a charger by your bed?

We probably won’t get the answers to these questions until we get closer to launch time. But at least it sounds like the Pixel Watch’s battery life could be longer than the 18-hour battery life you get from an Apple Watch Series 7.

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