Watches have been around for a very long time, be it in the form of a chain watch, which attaches to the inside of your pocket, or wrist watches, which go around your wrist. Just like how time is never stopping, technology never stops either. It is almost every day that a new device or trinket comes out, which supposedly improves our lifestyles.
Ever since the smartphones became popular several years ago, developers have been looking into making another daily device “smart”. What is something that a lot of people wear, but is not smart and does not have any apps or games? The watch, of course! Android Wear is a set of smartwatches, which comes in countless designs but used to be only compatible with Android smartphones.
Google being Google decided to improve Android Wear’s market share and rolled out Android Wear for iOS, which is compatible with iPhones starting at iPhone 5 and going up till iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone also has to be running iOS 8.2+, in order to be able to connect with your Android Wear smartwatch.
What is Android Wear?
As mentioned above, Android Wear is a collection of smartwatches, consisting of many different designs, in order to fit as many styles as possible. You are able to connect your Android Wear smartwatch with your Android or iOS phone, which also allows you to use some of its very neat features.
An Android Wear smartwatch connected with your smartphone allows you to get information at a glance. You will be able to see incoming calls, messages and receive notifications from your favorite apps. All of the Android Wear smartwatches also feature always-on displays, which means that you do not have to lock and unlock the screen, as it always remains on, allowing you to see as much information as possible, with little effort.
You can also use an Android Wear smartwatch to follow your fitness. You can set your own fitness goals on the smartwatch, which also allows you to get daily and weekly views of your progress. If you are a person who enjoys jogging or running, the Android Wear smartwatch also automatically tracks how much you have walked and ran, and also measures your heart rate at the same time.
Like all of the recent Android smartphones, the Android Wear smartwatches also have “Ok Google” integrated in it. This allows you to save time, because you will receive timely tips about your upcoming appointments, current traffic information and flight status. You can also say “Ok Google” to your smartwatch and ask a question like “What time is it in Taiwan?” or create to-dos with “Remind me to pack lunch for my children
There are many different watches, which one should I choose?
The most notable and popular Android Wear smartwatches are the Moto 360, LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. However, which one you choose really depends on your taste in watches and looks. The Moto 360 and LG G Watch have more of a rounded display, while the Samsung Gear Live has more of a rectangle display.
Whenever you are set on the type of Android Wear smartwatch you want to purchase, you can also change its wristband. There are dozens and dozens of differently shaped and colored watchstraps, with basically all the colors ranging from grey to yellow. There are also different types of material, such as metal and leather watchstraps.
You are also not bound to one kind of watch face, once you have purchased an Android Wear smartwatch. On Google Play Store, you can find hundreds of differently designed and colored watch faces, most of them are free to download and use, while others can cost up to a few dollars.
All of the Android Wear smartwatches have their own slick design and are made out of quality materials. You will not easily crack the display or get dirt and dust into the watch itself. Most of the watches have free shipping, free returns and lifetime tech support. The price for Android Wear smartwatches starts at $199,99 for the Samsung Gear Live smartwatch and goes up till $299,99 for the Moto 360.