Sunday, May 24, 2015

Android Wear Updates and New Devices

Hey everybody.  Recently, the arrival of the Apple Watch has seemed to grab most of the attention of the smart watch industry.  However, there seems to be a general belief, not only that the world is not ready for smart watches, but that smart watches are not ready for the people.  What do I mean by this?  Many critics of smart watches have stated that wearables are useless, that all they do is provide a way to avoid pulling one's smartphone out of the pocket.  In addition, others say that, with their limited battery life, and low processing power, they are practically obsolete.  I am willing to argue that this is not true. One example that I can use is the tablet.  When it originally came out, most people viewed it as a useless device.  The laptop can do all things that a tablet can, and so can a smartphone.  But when looking at tablets, we can see that they are purchased for one reason.  And that reason is convenience.  The tablet allows for high portability of one's devices, without lugging around a heavy laptop.  People do only basic tasks on their tablets, compared to what is done on their computers.  I feel that smart watches have that same potential, with regard to phones.

I am sorry for going off on a tangent.  However, I do genuinely believe that one day smart watches will be commonly used.  Anyways, I will now talk about my original point, being the arrival of two new Android Wear devices.  The first of which, the Huawei watch, I enjoy a lot.  It looks very similar to the Motorola 360, with a thin, circular screen.  I love the design of the watch.  The bands are fashionable, the casing comes in multiple sleek color options, and it has layers of sapphire crystal to provide a futuristic look.  The main downside to the watch is its high price point, speculated to be around $400.  The other new arrival is the LG watch Urbane.  The first thing I noticed about this watch, is that it looks just like any normal watch.  If worn with a suit, I would consider it to be a traditional "fancy" watch, rather than one powered by Android Wear.  Another thing that I noticed was that LG seemed to stress the battery life, saying that it would last all day, if not longer.  Thus far, many have questioned the battery life of wearables, considering that the factor is large con of the entire wearable market.  The Urbane is priced around $350.

While it may not seem as if large improvement is being made in these Android wearables, that is because I have decided to save the best new change for last.  A new feature of Android Wear allows for WiFi connectivity.  With this update, these watches have become much more independent than previously, and now one can take only their wearable with them to do certain tasks (without their phone), such as errands or exercise, knowing that they have the capability to make calls or text when needed.  Finally, we have come just one small step closer to a technologically sane life.