OnePlus actually isn’t a fan of always-on show, a.ok.a. AOD, options, it appears. It took a robust neighborhood vote to nearly power it to implement such a function on its telephones. Even then, it nonetheless reserved the appropriate to alter its thoughts if it couldn’t discover a answer that may fulfill its requirements in relation to battery life. That’s, in fact, historical past by now however it appears that evidently historical past may repeat itself with the OnePlus Watch although, hopefully, that will even finish properly in the long term.
With developments in show applied sciences and software program, AOD options have grow to be extra widespread on many smartphones. Even Apple is rumored to be working by itself implementation for the iPhone 13 later this yr. The function doesn’t come with out a value, nonetheless, and naturally impacts battery life which is OnePlus’ greatest reservation about implement it for its telephones.
Whereas some might think about it only a “good to have” on smartphones, AOD may very well be extra essential on smartwatches the place you could have entry to data nearly immediately. Whereas it’s attainable to get up the show if you increase your arm, there’s nonetheless a slight delay that makes it inconvenient. It additionally breaks the phantasm that the smartwatch continues to be a watch since nearly all (non-smart) watches all the time have their “shows” seen.
The OnePlus Watch unsurprisingly didn’t launch with AOD however, thankfully, the corporate revealed in a FAQ that it’s contemplating including the function in a future replace. After all, it additionally warns that AOD might improve the smartwatch’s energy consumption by 50% and needs to know if individuals are prepared to pay that worth. For a smartwatch that boasts days of battery life, that also won’t be a nasty deal.
The FAQ additionally dove into different components of the OnePlus Watch’s expertise, like the selection of a customized real-time OS or RTOS over Put on OS and its three-chip mixture, each designed to extend the lifetime of the smartwatch. It additionally reveals that 2GB of the machine’s 4GB storage is devoted to music alone and that, a minimum of for now, the OnePlus Watch doesn’t work with iPhones.