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    Default Does an android wearable need L ?

    Does a watch or any other wearable really need to run the L ?
    I just read about an LG watch with 1.2GHz processor,512MBram, and just 800mAh battery.
    Do they really need to make such devices just so they can run L ?
    Why not more focus to a wearable that maximizes the tiny battery life and uses a basic minimalistic android OS compatible software.
    Wouldnt be weird if you have to charge a watch more faster than your phone?
    Or plug a wire to your wrist?
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    Default Re: Does an android wearable need L ?

    However, with L comes Project Volta, to maximize battery life. So in an instance like that, it probably is a good thing they have L.
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    Default Re: Does an android wearable need L ?

    Ummm... Android Wear is NOT Android L... And remember, the reason batteries have grown so much in the past for smartphones is because of the screen, not the processing power. The biggest chunk of battery will almost always be the screen, unless you're running super-graphics-intensive software.
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    Default Re: Does an android wearable need L ?

    @Golf, project volta did not succeed upto expectations. It did not improve battery life in normal use above 15% battery.
    The power saving last minute optimizations was what they boasted.

    I was led to believe android L spreads to new platforms like watches. Hence 5.0
    Doesnt the watch always ON (maybe showing time) drain it.
    How long would such a watch last according to you?
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    Default Re: Does an android wearable need L ?

    Android L is still a 'beta' (or even alpha, according to some) version of Android. Yes, it will span to wearables, but Android Wear will always be a 'separate' entity, albeit based off the 'main' Android version (just like watches today are based off KitKat). The same goes for Project Volta; it will not produce amazing results overnight, just like Project Butter didn't get rid of lag in the first 'release'. And a 15% increase in battery life? For a device that today lasts for 12 hours, that's almost two hours more of life...that's nothing to sneer at!
    Yes, the always ON display does drain it, but it's not the same to power a 2.5in 320x320 display than to power up a 5in 350dpi one. Also, at least with Samsung, AMOLED lets you have minimal battery drain if you display a black background, so only the time is showing but most of the rest of the screen is actually off. With everything these watches do now, I don't see charging daily as a problem. I would like the battery to last at least three days on 'full use', though, to let you go camping for a weekend or have a very long trip overseas and still manage to be able to tell the time with your watch when your day is done.

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