Google has announced Android Wear and Motorola was johnny-on-the-spot with the Moto 360 announcement. What’s it all about? Beating Apple to market, but we have seen how well that has worked out for Samsung.
OK Google Now, is this the Android (smartwatch) you’re looking for? As to functionality, meh. However, if a pretty face makes a good partner, then get ready to marry the Moto 360 to wrist.
First, though, a quick look at Android Wear, which is searchzilla’s attempt to catch the Android platform with the current reality of smartwatch development. In other words, Gingerbread for wearables:
• Useful information when you need it most. Android Wear shows you info and suggestions you need, right when you need them. The wide variety of Android applications means you’ll receive the latest posts and updates from your favorite social apps, chats from your preferred messaging apps, notifications from shopping, news and photography apps, and more.
• Straight answers to spoken questions. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions, like how many calories are in an avocado, what time your flight leaves, and the score of the game. Or say “Ok Google” to get stuff done, like calling a taxi, sending a text, making a restaurant reservation or setting an alarm.
• The ability to better monitor your health and fitness. Hit your exercise goals with reminders and fitness summaries from Android Wear. Your favorite fitness apps can give you real-time speed, distance and time information on your wrist for your run, cycle or walk.
• Your key to a multiscreen world
— Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps
Do you own a watch? Have you ever owned a watch? I haven’t had one in at least a decade, which makes me 1.) old and 2.) contemptuous of the concept.
Moto 360: On Time and Up to Date
“Most importantly, Moto 360’s iconic design, featuring a round face and premium materials, feels comfortable and familiar on your wrist,” writes Motorola. “It’s everything you need, with a look that you want.”
Everything you need for what? But, don’t be distracted by that because “most importantly” the Moto 360 looks good…
What’s your take?