Smart watches can only be used as smart watches when powered up. It is important that the battery life is long. If you can only use it for a day or less before reloading, it will be useless. As with all peripherals with computer processors, more powerful applications or more active sensors that require more complex calculations will drain the battery faster than simple applications. To compensate back, choose a watch with a long battery life but a very simple application (such as Casio GB6900AA and Cuckoo) or other watches that offer more advanced features but have less duration (such as Sony SmartWatch or MotoActv)? Will consumers be satisfied with watches that don’t have real smart features? For example, Cookoo only displays a flashing icon to indicate the type of incoming notification, which won’t give me any extra information, I will always have to delete my phone. This is contrary to the goal of smart watches.
Pebble managed to find an intermediate point by extending battery life from 5 days to 7 days using energy-saving features such as an cheap electronics ink screen. Agent Watch now offers similar autonomy by using two processors to manage the different functions of the watch. They also include a precision power measurement system that helps developers measure the precise power consumption of their applications. This will allow them to tweak their app to make it as good as possible for the battery. Energy management is not a simple process. Developers need to consider not only the current energy consumption rate, but also the duration of the drainage. Applications that run for a long time in the background may consume more power than applications that use high consumption rates but run in a very short period of time or when needed. The application needs to know when to shut down or sleep if necessary. Those who can’t and continue to run in the background will consume too much energy and run out faster than leaking taps.
Now, providing tools is certainly better than any tool, but will developers use it? I think at the outset, this may not be used like the agent’s manufacturer or strictly in accordance with expectations. The main goal of most developers is to develop something that can be put on the market. This could also be the case for free apps (pay for peanuts, you get monkeys!). Of course, it won’t last long. Once most of the main features are removed, developers will begin to tweak their applications, and users will begin to use power as a differentiating factor. With social resources and all the resources on the Internet, people can easily share experiences with apps. If you know that the app is a black hole in the battery, it will be well known that users will turn to other apps competing. We’ll see the maturity of applications, from simple applications to small to more advanced battery-consuming applications, and ultimately high-quality paid apps optimized for your watch.
Many people think that without the Apple SDK and App Store, the iPhone 3G and later models will not be as successful as they are today. The application provides an external developer with a way to extend device functionality.
In fact, there are so many third-party developers who can add applications and features faster and better than the manufacturers themselves. Of course, watchmakers also need to focus on the core of operating system and hardware development of cheap electronics, so the development of these applications should be left to external developers.