Google has added some more detail to its claim the Pixel Watch can last up to 24 hours between charges, as spotted by 9to5Google.
When the Pixel Watch launched Google rated its battery life at 24 hours but did not, as Garmin and Apple typically do, offer deeper insight into what constitutes normal use.
Google has now published some more information on the watch’s battery life. It says the Pixel Watch will last for 24 hours after 240 notifications, 280 time checks, a five minute call, a 45-minute tracked exercise session and 50 minutes of navigation using your phone for location data.
This is fairly extensive considering the Google Pixel Watch has been criticised for its short battery life. However, it does not include using the watch in its “always on” display mode, which has a significant impact on battery life.
Apple’s 18-hour battery figure for the Apple Watch Series 8 includes the always-on display mode, because it is enabled as standard. Google may claim 240 notifications to Apple’s 90, 280 time checks to Apple’s 90, but this is not as like-for-like a comparison as it appears.
Having used the 45mm Apple Watch Series 8 and Google Pixel Watch recently, I find the Apple Watch to be noticeably longer-lasting — although frequent charging is part of the deal when you choose to live with one of these smartwatches.
The Google Pixel Watch has a 294mAh battery, similar to the capacity of the 284mAh 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, although not close to the 590mAh of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. There is also currently no larger version of the Pixel Watch – bigger Wear OS watches typically last longer off a charge, where the two sizes of Apple Watch offer similar battery life.