Android Wear is now a days a hot topic across the world of android news. Google has introduce a new software for wearable known as Android Wear. It is specially launched for wristwatches. Here a question arises in every android user “Does Android Wear simplify or complicate our daily life?”. What it does which android smartphones does not and what kind of new features android wear is bringing with it. As we know that last year smart watches were introduced and they done very well as compared to android wear.
Now it is challenge for android wear app developers how they enhance functionality of smartwatches as they had already done in case of smartphones. In previous smartwatches, each smartwatch manufacturer (Samsung,Sony, LG etc) customized android OS in different way, therefore software developers spend most of their time to modified apps.
Ease of use for apps developers
In case of Android Wear, software developers would not have to write again and again for apps because of a standard platform. They would reuse one smartwatch app code when a new smartwatch comes out from a new manufacturer. Therefore, it is concluded that Android wear simplify android developers daily life as compared to android phone.
I’ll have more to write and share with you on the first two watches, Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch, in a separate review later. I used both to test Android Wear, and upcoming review will definitely cover every aspect of these.
According to Google only one fourth smartphones and android devices which are running with Android 4.3 or later will work with Android wear. As android wear needs a companion phone for its proper working that’s why compatibility with smartphones is necessary.
How android wear smartwatch interact with smartphones?
We have to link our watch with smartphone wirelessly via Bluetooth. Our interaction with watch are mostly by voice, as we do on Google voice search on desktop pc or in smartphones. Here question arises how to activate the functionality of voice in watch.Its very simple just tap on face of the watch / say “OK,Google”. By using both ways we can activate voice function of the watch and we can set an alarm, send message or reminder.However, we can’t use watch as a speakerphone for calls, the way pervious smartwatches allowed.Android wear also allow us to send and receive emails as well as Facebook notifications.We can also send text messages which are prewritten.
One thing is really appreciable and useful for users that is smartwatch and companion phone does not have to be from same manufacturer.You can use Moto G phone or Samsung Galaxy Phone with any brand of Smart watch.In other words smartwatches are independent of smartphone brands.
Tasks performed by SmartWatches
These watches perform the following useful tasks
- Smartwatch keep track of our daily steps
- Samsung’s smart watch also monitor our heart rate.
- We can get turn-by-turn directions via smartwatch navigation technology.
- We can also get maps as Sony’s smartwatches does via an app but not as good as Google maps
- Get local weather updates
- Birthday reminders and Facebook notifications
- Get scores of your favourite sports teams via apps and much more.
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