While some are stuck on bulky pocket watches, Google finally changed the course of the game when the company introduced the Android Wear, a mobile platform fully designed for wearables.
Android Wear is Google’s take on smartwatches. It’s the re-engineered version of the Android 4.4, its advanced mobile operating system. Basically, a Google wearable connects only to Android-powered smartphones through an application exactly named as Android Wear that communicates and organizes notification between the phone and your watch.
|Google Android Wear|
A wearable’s home screen simply displays a set of gorgeous cards such as updates on time, messages, weather, stocks, score boards and other relevant information. Moreover, as the primary function of wearables is to manage notifications, it also shows up as cards which are categorically grouped by application. Synchronically, it’s the same stuff that appears on your smartphone and digital timepiece.
Google wraps off the smartwatch battle with the announcement of Android Wear. While the platform gained an overwhelming reviews, it’s time for Android developers to support, build and make their applications readily available for Android wearables.
Android Wear is like Google Now on your wrist, as part of its integrated features like the accurate “Okay Google” voice search, Google Fit’s heart rate and step tracking; a wearable should at least sports a fitness tracking feature or else it's of less use.
With a number of applications that supports Android Wear ―Google Maps, Hangouts, Lyft and Evernote― the platform will soon become more interesting if apps reach a breakthrough but for now end-users must stick to its basics.
In line with Android Wear’s official introduction, Google as well introduced wearables powered by its new unveiled platform:
|Google smartwatches: Samsung Gear Live, Motorola Moto 360, and LG G Watch.|
Samsung Gear Live which has a stunningly vivid 1.63-inch square shaped screen is said to be visible to any light conditions. Resistant to both water and dust, the Gear Live wears a 320 x 320 screen resolution. Samsung’s wearable typically ticks just about a day.
The fashionable Motorola Moto 360 sports an impressive circular face and confirmed to be orientation-free so that it perfectly fits left or right handed users. Its watch face has a 1.5-inch LCD display that rooms a 320 x 290 resolution with about 205 ppi. Rumours as well claimed it will have an inductive wireless charging feature.
On the other hand, geared with a 1.65-inch LCD IPS display that’s always-on for you to checked notifications hands-free or without touching it, the slim LG G Watch which has a 128 x 128 resolution with fewer pixels, promise a comfortable fit and a powerful battery that can lasts for about a day and a half.
The Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch costs $199 and $229 respectively in the US while Motorola’s Moto 360’s price tag ranges at around $250.
Aside from the top brands set to market their smartwatch, Google is also working with other global partners to build wearables powered by the Android Wear, such as Asus, Fossil, HTC, Intel, Qualcomm and more.
|Android Wear-powered smartwatch pairs only to an Android smartphone that communicates and organizes notification as beautiful cards.|
While the competition still shaping up to be a hot topic on the web, early adopters of Google smartwatches should keep in mind that initial productions do have a handful of issues and technical shortcomings, any mobile gadgets are no exemption.
There’s really a lot of possibilities though, Gear Live and G Watch which are now on sale and the soon debut launch of Moto 360 on September 4, the Google smartwatches as rumoured beat the Apple iWatch to the punch. Even so, we’re hoping that Android Wear manufacturers should think through a better watch design and a powerful battery up their sheaths to go along with the battle. Let us just wait and see the wearables line-up progress in the coming months.
With the Android Wear out now for development and innovation, the tech community’s surely looking forward to discovering more about Google’s new project, particularly its progress.
Meanwhile, let's ask our friends if they’re as well excited to fit–in an Android Wear-powered smartwatch? If you get to choose an app-driven watch and to represent yourself, which digital timepiece are you: Gear Live, Moto 360 or G Watch?
*All images published herein are credited to Google―Android Wear.