Imagine a device that provides you with localized information from applications and opens up the world of web search based on what the user wants to know. Look: here is a report of the traffic used, here are the statistics of daily trips, here is an update of information about your flight. Now imagine that you don’t carry such a device on your head (yes, we are talking about Google Glass), don’t carry it in your pocket - this device is a simple wristwatch, by looking at which you can find out everything you want, whether it’s the weather for the evening, the last messages sent, missed calls, information about restaurants or much more. All this is already possible and already a reality - thanks to Android Wear.
This world has become such with the help of Google and its next offspring called Android Wear - a software platform for wearable technology. The first smartwatch based on Android Wear will appear in mass sale this summer. The crampons of the industry have already dubbed this operating system and, accordingly, the devices under its control some potential change in the rules of the general game. The same change is coming with the release of wearable electronics from Apple. According to rumors, her smart watch, called the iWatch on the World Wide Web, along with Google will change the market for wearable electronics, and dramatically and maximally.
Wearable technology, primarily smart watches, have long been struggling to gain momentum in the market. The reasons for this are a whole incredible bunch: aesthetics, price, functionality, battery life. But devices running Android Wear will enjoy the market directly, so to speak, from birth - here I’m already talking about the global dominance of the Android operating system and the brainchild of wearable electronics, believe me, the same thing awaits. In addition, the new mobile platform is equipped with a wide range of applications and is compatible with almost every Android mobile device. And here the main thing: this is not Samsung Gear or similar products from Samsung that work in conjunction only with branded devices, so the same Motorola Moto 360 or even the LG G Watch will certainly be in high demand.
Motorola Moto 360. Powered by Android Wear
By the way, the first companies to officially announce their intention to launch a branded product on the market under the new mobile platform for wearable electronics - Motorola and LG, as you might have guessed a little earlier. The Koreans announced the release of the LG G Watch - the second device of this class, while the Americans (now Chinese) also presented their second version of the smart watch, called the Motorola Moto 360. Let me remind you, the watch from LG received a square plastic case, which is not remarkable But Motorola did its best and made its new watch round in tradition with the classics. In addition, the case of the novelty is made of brushed metal - even critics could not resist here. Also, tech giants such as ASUS, HTC and Samsung, announced a partnership and will soon show their little things.
LG G Watch. Powered by Android Wear
As for how much these new “garments” will cost the consumer, we can only guess. Some say that Motorola will bet on accessibility in order to make a big splash in the market of wearable electronics, on the other hand, remember the price tag on their Motorola Moto X smartphone, which should become a companion to the new product - it was obviously overpriced. By the way, the International Business Times claims the following price range: from $ 279 to $ 400 for the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch. If we take, for example, a device called the Pebble Watch, it costs only $ 249 and thanks to such a price tag it breaks the market, demonstrating For the second year in a row, high demand.
But Android Wear is more than just an engine for launching smart watches and other wearable electronics. This is the last step in a large-scale Google game, built on the basis of Google Now technology, also known as a personal multi-functional mobile assistant and a direct competitor to counterparts such as Apple Siri and, more recently, Microsoft Cortana.
I want it all and want it nowAndroid Wear has a different philosophy than older watches or smart phones. As with Google Glass, the Android Wear approach is more contextual, more about the experience of where you are and what you are doing, and the key to all of this is Google Now.
Let me remind you again, Google Now is a service first introduced in the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system as integration into a search application. Since then, this service has been installed in everything you can - Google Glass, personal computers (Google Now officially integrated Google Now, if you haven’t forgotten), as well as smartphones, tablets and other portable mobile devices. This, of course, is not a wonderful Apple Siri interlocutor who can make a joke at the moment, but the design philosophy and features of Google Now are something more personal and specific, aimed at the user's habits.
How it works
In general, Google Now works by monitoring your search patterns, web history, and possibly your applications and programs. Based on what it subsequently finds, you are provided with useful information or warnings that inform you about things like the weather in your city, traffic information, incoming messages, sporting events results, currency conversion, flight status display, details of the nearest places, restaurants, attractions, stock quotes, current news on topics of interest to the user and much more. With the user's permission, the service can also access information from a Google account, including Gmail and third-party products. This is done in order to make sure that you get the information that will be useful to you even when it is necessary. In addition, Google Now keeps track of the time of day, your current location, and location history.
Android Wear is the same multifunctional Google Now service, only on a tiny screen on your wrist - you see, it's convenient, isn't it? And indeed: a feature of Android Wear is this new, simplified user interface that combines simple contextual information, voice commands and readings. A service from Google shows on the screen of a smartwatch a virtual stack of informative cards, which is referred to as a “stream”. Thus, the user on the go, as necessary, will be able to easily scroll through this list and find there the information necessary for him. A typical implementation will use vertical stacks so that the user can scroll through it, and then swipe left or right to open additional functions - then a subgroup of cards will open, which will offer to add any information to the selected topic.
When your hands are busy, you can always say “Ok Google” at any time - this is a special voice command for absolutely all functions implemented in the mobile platform, whether it be text messages, email or other data entry. This command will also open a special menu for the user, where he will be able to access various options for interacting with the device, including the integration of his own voice command for specific applications.
With a flick of the wristBut remember: laptop computers were once the subject of science fiction, but they always hovered in the realm of the possible. In addition to the technical problems that arise in miniaturization and power consumption, the trick is the invented practical user interface. In the end, PDA and smartphones cause incredible interest among companies, which subsequently led to the desire to further reduce these issues in the quest for a better, smaller and more versatile device.
WatchPad 1.5 by IBM with Citizen
During this period, smart watches failed to conquer the market and excite the imagination of consumers. In 2001, IBM Research and Citizen Watch introduced a product called WatchPad, which combines support for the Bluetooth wireless interface, as well as a fingerprint scanner (yes, yes, it is), but, unfortunately, the novelty died right at the “workplace”. Later in 2005, Fossil with a wrist PDA was unable to capitalize on the reign of the Palm OS operating system. Other companies, Suunto, Tissot, and Swatch, presented devices based on SPOT, Microsoft's proprietary technology that stands for Smart Personal Object Technology. By the way, SPOT is a development for the personalization of consumer electronics and other home electronic devices, was a "smart" software with the goal of making use more universal. This technology uses MSN Direct network services delivered through the United States and Canada based on FM radio broadcast signals in approximately 100 megacities.
Pebble Watch or how Pebble became popular
Several companies have been able to make limited progress recently. Since its inception through the Kickstarter crowdfunding service, Pebble has slowly been identifying a new niche. Samsung, I recall, was able to sell the Samsung GALAXY Gear smart watch in the first two months with a circulation of 800,000 units. If, as some argue, the sharp increase in the popularity of smart watches is close, then this will probably happen with the advent of Android Wear, as well as the Apple iWatch smart watch. While Google has already stepped into the world of wearable electronics, introducing a proprietary mobile platform, Apple continues to keep silent about its possible proposals in the smart watch segment.
Currently, numerous questions remain unanswered, unfortunately. The main one: how exactly will these devices work? What to expect from battery life, system security, functionality, and so on? Will Google charge some licensing fees? And by the way, taking into account the company's experience with Google Glass and the current negotiations with manufacturers of mobile chipsets, the guys from Mountain View are preparing to release their device, well, or in any case, will focus on creating a devilish army of green robots in the wearable electronics segment.
One of the Google Nexus SmartWatch Concepts
How smart watches running Android Wear will differ from Android smartphones, we can only guess. A strong dependence on technologies such as Wi-Fi or cellular, as well as questions regarding autonomy and the absence of any ports, necessitate the use of OLED displays and a non-standard charging method - it can be done by induction (without wires using Qi technology), or maybe thanks solar panels. Unfortunately, Google did not differ in a lot of information regarding a large number of various kinds of questions, or we will find out all the details only upon the arrival of the first wave of devices on the mobile market this summer - in any case, there is more buzz than answers.
Come to an end
In general, there is nothing to end this article because, as I already wrote, there are fewer answers, and the questions are simply staggering. How the Android Wear mobile platform will show itself and how the mobile market will respond to it, that is, consumers, time will tell. I myself am waiting for the sale of the first smart watch based on Android Wear and, perhaps, I will become one of the first owners of one of the new products. To summarize, I just want to ask a couple of ordinary questions: what do you think about Android Wear, will you become the owner of a smart watch under its control, how will this whole idea come to you, will all this succeed or will collapse and failure come? In addition, I would like to mention one of my other articles on this topic - Android Wear or the bright future of wearable technology
. Well, I kindly provided you with a basis for reflection, now we dare, ladies and gentlemen.