Google’s smartphone operating system, Android, has been a tremendous success for the search giant, and now they are pushing another new type of software to the masses called, Android wear. Android Wear is designed for the wearable market, used to govern everything from smartwatches to our next generation eye wear. By pairing the Android Wear with smartphones, users are able to integrate things like Facebook notifications and map directions into a smart-watch form. Users are also able to download apps from the Google play store by the using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It comes in round, rectangle and square dials. Android Wear is built from the ground up for the wearables market, and from the looks of it its here to stay.
When I was a tiny tot, I used to watch Knight Rider and try act as if I was Michael, communicating with the KIT on my watch, Google has made that a reality for me. Android Wear can be seen as an extension of the Google Now’s experience. Its best feature is that it allows us to talk to our watches. Users can just speak and request information and also reply to content and information on the go without even looking at your smartphone. A user simply needs to connect the watch to a compatible Bluetooth smartphone and kiss goodbye to distracting driving? Probably not…. You simply install and run the app on your phone, and the app takes care of the rest. All of your apps, contacts and other information on the phone will be synced to the watch instantly, as well as any new notifications on the fly.
Despite some amazing features, the question still remains, is the wrist technology more convenient than reaching out for your phone? And above that, does it convenience justify the cost of the Android Wear? The answer is that there is no one feature that makes the Android Wear worth it, it’s the overall experience that justifies its price and existence. At the end of the day, you get to use your phone less and interact with the world more. The ability to get direction on your steering wheel or a tool that tells you how healthy you have are, Android Wear is all about the complete picture which is quite significant if you are a heavy smartphone user.
Apart from its killer features, it still has some glitches in it. Just to filter out stuff you do not want is not worth sorting through notifications, it should not be that complicated. Moreover, there should be a button or feature that allows you to choose which feature to sync on your watch, rather than syncing all that is on your phone.
Android Wear is not designed to replace your phone, it is just meant to reduce the number of times you pull out your smartphone. The top 8 Android Wear watches currently available are Sony Smart Watch 3, Tag Huer Connected, Huawei Watch, LG Watch Urbane, LG G Watch R, Asus Zen Watch 2, New Moto 360, and Samsung Gear Live. It is now also compatible with iOS devices.
Android Wear is by far the strongest Smart-Watch platform and has enough support from developers and manufacturers to thrive. But since it is a first-generation product, with notification anxiety, limited battery life, and the fact that there is no common platform for third-party applications, makes Wear quite tough to recommend. But fortunately as we can say from past experience, Google is listening to all these reviews and is also working on the negative ones to improve the way folks use these Smart-Watches.