Could you ever imagine that one day you could wear technology on your wrist? With Google, we bet you might have imagined. Google, being the innovation giant, can make almost everything happen in today’s technological era. That’s why; the Mountain View based organization has presented us the most advanced vision, which is Google’s Android Wear- something that is appealing as well as dubious as of now. Let’s explore what Android Wear has got for you.
What is Android Wear?
Android Wear is a form of Google’s Android operating system that is designed for smartwatches specifically.
The entire point of the smartwatch is to provide you information at a glance and these Google’s Android Wear smartwatches do that by giving you Google mail cards and your phone’s notifications on your wrists. So, all the Google mail cards that you receive are shown up on the smartwatch.
Also, any app that would ordinarily display the notifications like messages and emails, or something relevant, will now show these notifications on your wrist.
The way you navigate through all the notifications and other related stuff is through swipes and the information is all laid down in cards on the user interface. And basically, you can tap on any notification in order to expand the same and get more information on your smartwatch, just like you used to do on your phone.
Sometimes, the tapping gives you more information like weather and mail cards. Other times, it lets you take action like play or pause music or archive or email or something like that.
Connection with your Phone
Your watch is connected to your phone through Bluetooth. So, they talk to one another really fast and smoothly. For instance, when you dismiss a notification on your watch, it also gets dismissed from your phone pretty rapidly and vice versa.
The smartwatch has customizable watch faces. It’s itself a watch anyways! We know, but when you glance side the faces, you get a bunch of watch faces that vary from watch to watch depending upon which watch you get. However, basically it just lights up, when you get a new notification.
Most of the standalone features are voice activated, since the watch does have a microphone in it. So, the first thing, since it’ll talk to Google Keep, is it’ll take a note. Thus, if you say, take a note, and then it’ll write whatever you say. Next, you have reminders. So, it’ll set an alarm to remind you about something important.
You can also send a text or an email to anyone in your contact list. You can navigate to a nearby place by telling the watch. Then, you can even begin a third party app. There are a couple of third party apps that are in-built.
Battery life-biggest downside
The biggest downside right now has to be the battery life. The Google Watch lasts 36 hours on battery (a day and a half) if you literally don’t touch it even once. But, with regular use and while checking it, it gets dead by the end of the day. This means, you have to charge it every night. Still, it’s not a very big deal. Since, it doesn’t die in the middle of the day. But, it’s still annoying that it lasts one day on battery.
Less Apps-another downside
The fact that Android Wear is so new, we have to wait for some more new dedicated watch apps to hit the play store. Surely, the apps that are there right now are well-integrated, phenomenal, look great, and sound great, but outside that there aren’t too many.
Android Wear is a really great concept, so once the functionality gets built in with more third party apps and more people start to take advantage of the fact that they can build apps for the wrist, it’s going to be a lot more incredible. So, finally, we should wait for other smartwatches (by Apple or Moto 360) because they are going to be really great over this one.