Google’s Entry in Smartwatch Field with Android Wear

At last Google entered the smartwatch field this week with the introduction of its Android Wear platform, offering a base set of software to hardware partners for creating new Android wearables. Motorola and LG announced their products quickly that would be coming soon, with Motorola even having a live interview discussing the design process, on a YouTube video.

What is Android Wear?

Android Wear is essentially a smartwatch interface constructed largely around Google Now. It means that it will offer relative information just at a glance.

That may not be sufficient for some people. People love to have a variety of smartphone apps on their wrists or would like to have their smartwatch with double efficiency for calls or taking pictures. These features may appear later to some devices with Android Wear, but currently it looks like the introductory batch will offer a simple experience and mainly focus on blending a strong design with Google Now.

Regarding actual devices, the Motorola Moto 360 and LG G Watch are in the pipeline. LG G Watch is expected in the second quarter of 2014, while Moto 360 is expected in summer. There is a big difference between these two – the Moto 360 is round while G Watch is rectangular. The round shape of Moto 360 is unique for a smartwatch, but common in regular watches.

Though LG hasn’t shared many details of their G Watch, Motorola has presented a live YouTube video with an interview of its head of Consumer Experience Design, Jim Wicks. Though he didn’t offer a close look at Moto 360, he shared a few details about the watch, that weren’t disclosed yet. E.g. the round face of the watch is about 46 mm in diameter and will auto-rotate so is wearable on either wrist.

A number of fans of Google Now are looking forward to the Android Wear devices now. The massive base of users of Google is unmatched which can be a blessing or a curse. The plus point is the value of helpful information at right time and right place. The downside is those who don’t make use of Google’s services for the reason of not giving information about themselves won’t benefit from the new platform smartwatches and are likely to skip the products.