Yesterday, we saw as presenting Android Wear, the bet of Google to wearables devices. To date we have seen several devices of this style, watches for the moment, such as Pebble, Samsung Galaxy Gear or Samsung Gear 2. But these solutions were using operating systems not optimized for this task.
For example, Pebble uses an operating system real-time optimized for this task, but ultimately owner. Samsung in its first version used Android but the second went to Tizen. The problem is that an operating system optimized there is for small and standard devices to be compatible with any mobile Android, everything is based on a specific application on the phone and a particular SDK. But that has changed with Android Wear.
What is Android Wear?
Android Wear is an operating system optimized for wearable devices. This means that it is not autonomous, must be connected to an Android phone to operate. The idea that lies behind these devices is that they show us the phone notifications and we interact with them without having to remove the phone from the Pocket.
The advantage of Android Wear is that it integrates seamlessly with existing Android notifications without having to do anything. You must install an application gateway, which will surely come standard in the future, but once done this longer work notifications (all) in our Android Wear device. You don’t have to do anything specific as with Pebble, which has its own SDK, and must not have a mobile phone from a particular brand, as it happens with the Samsung smartwatches.
The good thing about Android Wear is have a perfectly integrated with the ecosystem Android operating system and that you can interact with your phone in a very elegant way. Existing solutions is not as well integrated with all the currently installed base and this is a great advantage. I think This move by Google is very successful and that anyone who wants to make a wearable device will have to consider this operating system.
The key, notifications
Google knows to detect the advantages of its ecosystem and, as I have defended in multiple ocsaiones, best thing about Android is the notifications. If there is something that we could get out of the mobile and it brings value is precisely this, notifications.
With a device based on Android Wear we have the notifications out of the phone and we interact with them, much to discard them as actions by voice, as for example to respond to a chat. And the best is that this works without just making changes to applications, must continue using the functions that already had notifications on Android.
Another point that Google has strong on Android is Google Now. And he knows that remove Google Now the phone and put it into a wearable device can give value to users. Therefore in Android Wear videos we have seen enough of Google Now, although it is not clear whether it will come as standard.
At the moment the only devices, wearables are the smatwatches. And it is that the clock is the most obvious place to have notifications out of the phone. Always targeting that the connected devices can be many, but in the end we just always talking watches.
Honestly, I see little chance more than for Android Wear smart watches. The only thing I can think of are the smart glasses, but it is assumed that Google has other ecosystem for this. It remains to be seen if the Google Glass will end up being based on Android Wear or not.
And the other question is if the quantifiers devices will be based on Android Wear. Certainly Samsung has understood smart clocks to add more value if they also quantified, but it is not so clear if a device exclusively quantifier will have some value to Android Wear If we don’t want to see notifications.
Enough to succeed?
The Google proposal is very interesting. Them out of the Android phones the best thing they have, notifications, and put them in a place of easy interaction with touch gestures and voice commands.
We also see Google Now outside the terminal with which we can have the information relevant to the moment in which we are directly on our wrist. It is also a great idea from Google.
In fact it seems to me the best idea I’ve seen so far for devices wearables. But, is it enough to succeed? How is it necessary to have notifications on our wrist? I have not clear. Smart mobile phones are indispensable nowadays. The tablets replace PCs. But the wearables devices do not generate me this attraction.
The Google proposal is the best of the time and I am convinced that if this type of device wins, Android Wear will triumph. But I am not so sure that wearable devices are not more than a fad.