The eagerly-anticipated first ever android watch went on sale on the 25th of June, sparking much excitement in tech lovers internationally. The new Android watches were announced onstage at I/O 2014 ahead of the release date, which are powered by Google’s Android Wear operating system. The first watches to be made implementing Android are Samsung’s ‘Gear Live’ and LG’s ‘G Watch’, in an exciting development for smartphone users that could change the face of the industry.
Both watches are rectangular and sleek, in an attempt to standardise the aesthetics and functioning of wearable android devices to unify the market at drive sales. The G watch from LG costs £159 and the Samsung Gear Live £169, available for purchase at the Google Play store, Amazon and BestBuy.
Although there has been some discussion about the future and use-purpose of Android phones of late, it is expected that these smart gadgets will become a staple of our daily lives over the next few years. The main goal for designers is to display key information to the user’s situation quickly, for example important messages, whilst maintaining engagement with the physical world. In establishing this function, the user can set the device to vibrate when a notification is received, which can be swiftly dismissed to perform an action in response, such as scheduling a date in the diary.
What makes these smart watches so great is that they work by connecting to your smartphone, and everything is shared between the two devices automatically, so a diary date will become an alert on your phone and vice versa. Apps from a smartphone will also be added to the watch when compatible. Users can divert calls to their mobile with one swipe of the watch’s touchscreen, even setting an automatic explanatory text message to send after doing so. Google Now’s card-based system enables users to swipe in different directions for certain types of extra information. But many will choose to voice-command the device in a similar way to the was Google Glass does.
The Google watches will open up a whole new sphere of immediate uses whilst out and going about a daily routine, such as route navigation, tracking fitness, setting alarms and playing music. The clever devices will even be stimulated by context to perform certain activities, such as flight information being displayed on the day of travel, or a Pinterest notification showing when approaching a place a friend has pinned. This level of interaction between the internet and outside world could completely transform the way we think of these two aspects of our life as somewhat separate.
Even work becomes more efficient with Android watches, as professionals can exchange emails whilst out of the office incredibly quickly and business owners can check their website stats and post social updates throughout the day. Here at Media Street, we are very much looking forward to finding out exactly how the Android watches work and will develop. We’re already thinking about developing our already mobile-friendly web design service to be compatible with these awesome devices that look like they’re going to quickly become a permanent accessory of 2014 and onwards.