Android Wear is Google's all-encompassing answer to the wearables market. Android-powered smartwatches aren't new, not by any means, but it definitely feels like this is the beginning for the mobile platform on our watches doesn't it? It doesn't really matter what came before. If Google can release what they've shown in the promotional videos for Android Wear, then it looks like they've actually listened to the consumer, and created something people actually want.
We've just seen the hardware now, though. So to speak. Motorola and LG are going to be the first out of the gate for the new Google wearable movement, and there's quite a bit to be excited about here. There's no doubt that LG's G Watch looks promising, and it's great for LG that they get to be the first option available for consumers. But, I don't think I'm alone here when I say that Motorola's effort, the Moto 360, is probably the best looking smartwatch to date.
Motorola says that everything in their upcoming Moto 360 is "new," and that the smartwatch is made from "premium materials," but as it stands right now there's not much known about the upcoming device. We'll know more soon, both officially and unofficially I'm sure, but up until then all we've got is what we've seen.
And what we've seen has me a little worried, to be honest.
Worried, but I can't help but also be excited. The same way that everyone else seems to be, too. As I watched social media streams during the announcement and unveil, and immediately afterwards, the general sentiment seems to be universal: Android Wear is pretty great. The idea is promising, and the videos showing what they want Android Wear to do are fantastic. Concept videos are meant to get people excited, and Google nailed it with Android Wear.
But I can't help but want to be slightly realistic here, and just be terrified that these watches, or just the Moto 360 since that's what the videos are focused on, are going to die almost immediately after you turn them on and start using them. The Galaxy Gear was panned for its terrible battery life, and the Pebble is praised for its own battery's longevity. (Even if most watch fans want it to last longer. Just because it should.) The Moto 360 honestly looks like it will last for a solid four-and-a-half hours before the battery warning tells you to plug it in.
Don't get me wrong, Motorola's "new materials" could very well make sure that that doesn't happen, and maybe Motorola has some kind of breakthrough battery technology waiting in the wings that they're chomping at the bit to show off to the world with the Moto G, but these videos just have me worried. I can't help it. In no universe do I want to charge my watch as often as I charge my phone.
Android Wear looks great. It looks promising, and Google has some awesome ideas here, that could work ridiculously well with the entire Android platform from one device to the next. They want you to be connected to Google, and what better way to do that than to have your watch, your phone, and even your glasses connected? I just hope it works as well as they're showing it does. More than that, though, I hope the battery can survive it for extended periods of time.
Would you pick up a Moto 360, or LG G Watch, if the battery isn't strong enough to last several days? Let me know if you think Motorola's or LG's smartwatches will be able to go several days without a charge, or if you think these watches will fall short in this regard.