Now that it charges more slowly, your Google Pixel Watch might not be a bad thing.

The Google Pixel Watch:Google extends the original Pixel Watch charging periods by 15 minutes.

The Google Pixel Watch from last year charges significantly more slowly now thanks to a firmware update. This might not be as bad as it first appears to be, though.

Previously, it took 30 minutes to charge the Google Pixel Watch from 0% to 50%, 55 minutes to charge it to 80%, and 80 minutes to charge it to 100%. One of the best smartwatches for Wear OS users must have fast charging because you’ll need to do it almost daily.

Following a software upgrade, the Pixel Watch now requires 110 minutes to fully charge its battery from empty to full, 45 minutes to go from 0% to 50% (15 minutes slower), and 75 minutes to reach 80%.

Google clarified in a statement to 9to5 Google that a “firmware update for Google Pixel Watches required us to review the charging times, the new times are what the average user will experience.” The need for the firmware upgrade wasn’t explicitly stated, but we think it has something to do with preventing the device from overheating while it charges. Unconfirmed Reddit rumours have highlighted the watch’s backplate periodically coming off when it is charging and overheated (via Android Police).

You’ll be glad to know that the new Pixel Watch 2 hasn’t been impacted by the firmware upgrade if you recently shelled out on one or are considering buying one after reading our review of the Google Pixel Watch 2. So, it still only takes 75 minutes to fully recharge the battery, 30 minutes to go from 0% to 50% charge, and 43 minutes to get to 80%.

It’s interesting to note that the new Pixel Watch 2 employs a different charging method, switching out the wireless charging of the first model for pin contacts like those found in many Fitbits.

Why has the charging of the Pixel Watch slowed down?

We don’t know for sure why Google changed the battery charging pace, as we said above, but we believe it has to do with the Google Pixel Watch overheating while it charges.

Although wireless charging is convenient, it is not very effective. A wireless connection will produce a large amount of heat when something needs to be charged quickly, which could damage the hardware. Batteries will deplete more quickly, components may bend, and the glue holding them together may melt, all of which will cause the device to literally break apart. Although no explanation was given at the time, considering the recent changes, it seems likely that heat was an issue.

The Pixel Watch’s transition to slower charge rates and the Pixel Watch 2’s usage of touch charging should keep the devices from overheating and reduce the likelihood that overheating-related issues will arise. This charging modification should allow you to use your Pixel Watch for longer before it needs to be fixed or replaced with a newer model, even though it does mean that you will need to charge it for a bit longer in between uses.

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