Tech News: OnePlus watch to get an always-on display in the latest update.
After a series of brutal reviews earlier this month for its first smartwatch, OnePlus released an update that could fix some of the device’s core issues. It also revealed some features that it intends to add later, such as an always-on display.
The first update for the OnePlus watch is available in the United States and Canada. It will expand to other regions in the coming days. In addition to bug fixes and improved system stability, OnePlus says the update brings improvements to GPS performance and more accurate activity tracking for running and hiking. The company says it has optimized its heart rate monitor and notification synchronization algorithms, enabled notification icons for popular apps, and improved the “raise to wake” feature.
Better activity tracking should be good news for early OnePlus Watch owners. Engadget review editor Cherlynn Low found that the device was unable to keep an accurate count of the step count, noting that “on one of my treadmill runs, it fell behind the machine by a third of mile, leaving my rhythm confused “. Victoria Song of Gizmodo, meanwhile, wrote that “the step count was wrong by over 10,000 steps.
In addition to the always-on mode, OnePlus has revealed what else it is working on. If you have a smartphone running Android 6.0 or later, you will eventually be able to control the device’s camera remotely from a connected OnePlus watch. An AI watch face, 12-hour time format and support for German, Italian, Spanish and Polish are on the way. OnePlus also plans to enable all over 110 training modes.
These refinements and additional features may not be enough to completely save OnePlus Watch’s reputation, but it’s a start.