Mobvoi has started rolling out a firmware update for the TicWatch Pro 5. Users can expect optimisations that aim to streamline functionality and bolster security.
The update (Version: RMDB.231019.002) adopts a staggered rollout strategy. Starting from November 6, 2023, the new firmware will reach users in phases, concluding with full availability by November 9, 2023. This approach also reflects an industry standard where updates are often released incrementally to manage server loads and monitor rollout success.
New features: Customisation and convenience
A notable inclusion in the upgraded software is the ability to customize notification vibrations, giving users a new level of personalisation for their wearable experience. This feature likely addresses the feedback from users desiring more control over how they receive alerts.
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Another noteworthy change is the replacement of the ‘Do Not Disturb’ (DND) synchronization with a Scheduled Sleep feature, suggesting a pivot towards more specialized sleep tracking and disturbance management. Additionally, the update includes the latest security patches as of October 5, 2023, underscoring Mobvoi’s commitment to maintaining the privacy and security of its users.
Optimisations: Performance and precision
Mobvoi has also focused on performance enhancements with this update.
Connectivity while paired with Bluetooth devices has been optimized, potentially resolving past issues with internet stability during such connections. Users who experienced inaccuracies in heart rate monitoring during rest or exercise should see improvements, addressing concerns about health tracking reliability. The step counting functionality on the Ultra-Low Power (ULP) display has been improved. Moreover, users who rely on the compass for navigation will appreciate the enhanced accuracy, and overall system stability has been boosted to ensure a smoother, bug-free experience.
This update appears to directly respond to user feedback and advancing the device’s performance. Our own hands-on review on the TicWatch Pro 5 lauded it for raising the bar for WearOS watches, with its impressive battery life, innovative dual-display technology, and robust build quality. Enhanced by the Qualcomm Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 chipset and WearOS 3, it offers a smooth and efficient user experience, with battery life that sets a new benchmark for WearOS devices.
Interestingly, no mention yet of the wearOS 3 update for older generation Mobvoi watches. This is scheduled for release in the final quarter of 2023. The Beta programme for this has commenced in July, so the update is in the works.
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