• Android Smartwatches Now Officially a Thing



    Samsung's Galaxy Gear may have been the first smartwatch on the market but soon it will have company. Lots of company.

    While Apple's iWatch languishes in the realm of rumour and speculation, yesterday saw three big announcements pertaining to Android wearable tech—two new smartwatches coming this summer and a development platform available right now.

    Android Wear



    The video above shows Android Wear in action. There's just a bit more technical detail on the Android Developers Blog. It's still a fair amount of fluff at this point, but one thing seems fairly clear: This isn't some kooky one-off experiment; it's Android proper tuned for smartwatches, and coming directly from Google it will almost certainly be the go-to platform for app developers.

    Don't believe me? Here's a quote from Sundar Pichai:

    We’re already working with several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring you watches powered by Android Wear later this year.
    In other words, the Tizen-powered Galaxy Gear 2 has just become a lame duck.

    Moto 360



    ZOMG GUYZ, IT'S ROUND!!1!

    Not much else is known at this point about Motorola's first foray into the smartwatch space; you can see some more photos and sign up for email alerts on their announcement page.

    LG G Watch



    No video here, just a render from Engadget and a sound bite from LG:

    "The opportunity to work with Google on LG G Watch was the perfect chance for LG to really pull out all stops in both design and engineering," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO of LG's Mobile Communications division. "We're confident that a well-designed device has the potential to take the smart wearable market by storm."
    Questions Remain

    I must admit that, even after a weekend with the original Galaxy Gear, I'm not super-excited about smartwatches in general. I stopped wearing a watch the day I got my first mobile with network-updated time and honestly, I'm far more intrigued by Google Glass—even after yesterday's big news.

    But I can appreciate that a smartwatch with Google Now on board makes a lot of sense. And if the price is right—say, two hundred bucks or less—an impulse purchase wouldn't be entirely out of the question.

    What do you think of Android Wear and these new devices?

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Android Smartwatches Now Officially a Thing started by acurrie View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. zapjb's Avatar
      zapjb -
      Fixed it for you.

      Android Smartwatches Now Officially a USELESS Thing.
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      I don't honestly "get" smartwatches. If you already have a smartphone, they are fully useless. Anything you could do on one can easily be done, on the much,much,much bigger screen of your phone...much ado about nothing....
    1. veriztd's Avatar
      veriztd -
      I use the Galaxy Gear with my Samsung S4 and love it. The Gear is essentially an extension of the phone itself and they work together well. To each their own. Did I really need it ?? No, but it's a fun toy.
    1. TelecomZombie's Avatar
      TelecomZombie -
      Tracking Bracelets are already a thing . Udder Genius if people buy prison wardrobe atire in name of fashion .
      Little Boy peep should be the fashionisata spokesmouth.
    1. Slinkwyde's Avatar
      Slinkwyde -
      Quote Originally Posted by acurrie View Post
      Samsung's Galaxy Gear may have been the first smartwatch on the market [...]
      Totally wrong. In respect to modern smart watches, the Pebble predated the Galaxy Gear. According to Wikipedia, the first digital watch with functionality beyond telling time was the Pulsar NL C01 in 1982. Numerous such watches predated the Pebble, including some that ran Palm OS or Linux.

      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      I don't honestly "get" smartwatches. If you already have a smartphone, they are fully useless. Anything you could on one can easily be done, on the much, much, much bigger screen of your phone...much ado about nothing....
      I'm not interested in a smartwatch. That said, here are some of the best arguments I've seen for them.

      • * For use as a companion to a phablet or tablet, which many may prefer to keep in a purse, backpack, or other bag instead of in their pocket. By using a smart watch, the person can still conveniently monitor their notifications, incoming SMS, and caller ID. They can then decide if the notification is important enough to pull the phone out.
      • Maybe the person likes to take their phone out of their pocket and set it down somewhere when they get home. Maybe they live in a multi-story house. If a call comes in while the phone is in another room, rather than rushing to that other room or floor they could glance at the caller ID on their wrist and decide to answer the call using the speakerphone on their watch (acting like a Bluetooth headset). If it's an SMS, they could select a canned response or dictate via voice. Caveat to this paragraph is that there are already solutions to this, such as (1) Google Voice or (2) computer/tablet apps that remotely control a smartphone via Bluetooth. They're just not attached to your body wherever you go.
      • Google Now on your wrist. Sending contextually important information to your wrist when you need it. For example, due to current traffic, you need to leave in ten minutes to get to your next calendar appointment on time.
      • Health and fitness. Displaying progress information as you work out, but also using a variety of sensors to collect health information. To get an idea of this, see this article about Apple's yet-to-be-announced Healthbook app.
      • Very simple remote control, for things like music or video playback on your phone/tablet/computer, right from your wrist. Simple. Play/pause, previous, next, volume. Could also be used as a remote for PowerPoint presentations.


      Quote Originally Posted by TelecomZombie View Post
      Tracking Bracelets are already a thing . Udder Genius if people buy prison wardrobe atire in name of fashion .
      Little Boy peep should be the fashionisata spokesmouth.
      Moo!
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      You made some good points there,Slinkwyde, but I always have my phone with me, it's a necessity. I would have to actually use one of these for a bit to see if they really have any use at all or if they are just a gimmick(and an expensive one at that).
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Slinkwyde View Post
      Totally wrong. In respect to modern smart watches, the Pebble predated the Galaxy Gear.
      Right you are. I had forgotten about the Pebble only because Howard never got me one to test.
    1. veriztd's Avatar
      veriztd -
      Quote Originally Posted by acurrie View Post
      Right you are. I had forgotten about the Pebble only because Howard never got me one to test.
      I had one for a few months and it is a good device. I lost it and was very angry with myself.
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Relevant video from MKBHD:

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