The wearable market has actually begun to heat, with major players, as expected, being Apple and Google. Google having Android Wear, the wearable operating system used in devices like the Moto 360. Apple, however, has developed an operating system specifically for its upcoming Smartwatch, the Apple Watch.
Something that both Apple and Google share when it pertains to wearable devices is the fact that they believe that wearable devices are not a replacement for a smartphone– at least not yet. Smartwatches including either of these business are, or will be, notification-focused, providing alerts from a smartphone.
Both devices will likewise be greatly search-based. Google is obviously the big player in search, however if Apple is able to manage a seamless search experience on the Apple Watch, we might have an intriguing device on our hands. Google has implemented Google Now into Android Wear, allowing a tailored center for searchable information. Apple does not have anything like Google Now, however it could offer comparable functions on the Apple Watch. As far as search goes, Google is the undeniable king, and that’s most likely to hold true in the wearable market.
Another big part of devices including these companies is fitness. Google is providing Google Fit with Android Wear, which is basically an SDK for developers to develop their own apps. Google Fit, however, also has its own app, which functions as a hub for fitness information across apps. Apple is offering a comparable experience with HealthKit, offering both an SDK for developers who wish to develop their own fitness apps and an app called “Health,” where users can find all their health information.
The Apple Watch is mostly regulated by the “Digital Crown,” something that sets it apart from Android Wear devices. Most Android Wear devices are mostly swipe-based, with a heavy emphasis on voice control. Both companies seem to agree that a small screen isn’t ideal for just swipe-based control, although they have very different strategies to tackle this. While it is possibly a little too early to tell, voice control is obtaining in appeal and appears to be a lot better than using something like a Digital Crown. Turning the Digital Crown lets users zoom and scroll, while pressing it like a button return users to the Home screen.
Apple has not yet released any of its wearable products, however it is most likely to soon. It seems as though Apple’s Watch OS is a little less familiar than Google’s Android Wear, not to mention the fact that the Digital Crown appears a little frustrating. Apple will, however, inevitably offer countless Apple Watches. While Google doesn’t offer hardware, Android Wear is likely to end up on the wrists of far more people than Apple’s offerings, much like in the smartphone market.