When I first saw the new line of Smartwatch by Google made by companies such as LG, Motorola, Samsung and HTC as part of the Android Wear project, I did not understand why everybody was so excited. Just about every comment I saw was how beautiful the Moto 360 looked, and how they cannot wait to buy one and have the prestige piece of wearable tech slapped around their wrists. The reason I was so confused was the Moto 360 didn’t have a digital face. It had average watch hands like the ones we see every day on the average watch would. So, what’s so smart about this? Nobody could answer me.
It seems the concept of what a Smartwatch was had been thrown out the window and a group of fashion stylists had managed to make people want these watches that didn’t do anything that they did not already do before. However, I knew to myself that there’s no way that was true. These will be Smartwatches, I am just not seeing how yet.
Then, earlier today, I stumbled across the advertisement released by Android that has real Android developers speaking and showing off how the round Smartwatches work. Check the video to watch for yourself:
With a wearable device you can be going about the rest of your day and just glance down on your wrists and the information you need is there right away without you even having to ask for it. Watches are good at telling time, but imagine having useful, actionable information there precisely when you need it automatically. Today we are announcing that Android is extending to wearables. To bring this vision to life, we’re working with consumer electronics manufacturer, chip makers and fashion brands who are committed to fostering an ecosystem of watches in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes.
Android has managed to build a platform of new watches that rely heavily on voice commands. These commands use Google Wear, and a lot of it is based on Google Now technology that we have seen in firmware updates built-in for Android-based Smartphones. This way user can have a traditional looking watch on the eyes, but via voice control, a new world of notifications lay in the wake.