While some believe that Android has reached its peak, many of us trust that Google will continue to innovate with Android and the mobile industry in general. Aside from working on phones and the operating system, another way to improve Android would be by manufacturing better accessories. And one of the most promising ideas, while still not successful, is the smartwatch.
The idea of creating “the first screen” (second being the phone, third being the computer/laptop, fourth being the TV, etc.) has been already though of. In fact many companies have tried to manufacture smartwatches, but they have been unsuccessful in reaching wide adoption. Some examples include the Sony Ericsson Liveview, Motorola MotoActv, WIMM One and i’mWatch.
Needless to say, none of these became that popular. You’ve probably never even heard of some of them. That’s because smartwatch manufacturers haven’t quite hit the sweet spot for the consumer. These devices are either too buggy, too dependent on a phone, ugly or simply too expensive (sometimes all adjectives apply). Could it be that this market is simply not necessary? Or has the right device just not been manufactured?
Why would a smartwatch even be necessary? Personally, the idea of the smartwatch seems ingenious. It probably wouldn’t be worth it for the person who just wants to avoid pulling out a phone to check the time, but some people could make great use of such a device. Aside from that, it would be cool and fun.
Imagine being in a meeting, class, or any place where it would be inconvenient to reach for your phone. You could see your text messages, emails or social network interaction right from your wrist. I don’t know about you, but pulling out my phone to check the time is really annoying if I’m running late somewhere, walking from bus to bus or driving around in crazy traffic.
Also, how many times a day do we pull our phones out of our pockets to check a message or email, just to see that it was some sort of spam? Between personal and work emails, I get an email about every 5-15 minutes on average (depending on the time of the day). I can assure you, I would rather not have pulled out my phone for about half of them.
The market is there, the idea just hasn’t been implemented correctly. And it seems Google (and Apple) are trying to change this. According to the New York Times, Google and Apple have been hard at work on this problem. Both of these companies plan to improvethe functionality of smartphones with wearable devices, and apparently, have been manufacturing and testing them this year.
This would not only include a smartwatch; the sources speak of wearable devices in general. Many of us have definitely been interested in the watches that have been popping out lately. We quickly turn our heads after learning more details, though. Could it be that the big boys will make something good out of this concept? We definitely hope so.
As of now, we will have to wait and see. And don’t forget to take this with a grain of salt. While this comes from the New York Times, it is still considered a rumor. And bigger publishers have been wrong before. With that said, what do you guys think? Are you in for a Nexus Watch if it’s well done and priced right?