We are now a day after Google’s I/O event where they revealed what will be an exciting year ahead when their practices see implementation as part of our production on the outside world. A big part of the Keynote show centered around the next wave of Android smartwatches called Android Wear. It’s following on from a rather unsuccessful initial release when we saw the Samsung Galaxy Gear arrive perhaps a little too early and out of style all while not doing anything useful at all. This brand-new generation is going to be significantly more advanced than that and Sammy agree with us because they are well into announcing the Gear Live. You don’t need to be using that though because there’s also the Moto 360 and the LG G watch that comes in styles for men and women.
Here’s where it gets more complicated. All of the watches, no matter the brand, are joined by what is called Android Wear SDK. The SDK is now available for download from here. Once you are running the SDK, we can then connect it with our smartphones and test if our smart watch is compatible with our smartphone.
How To Check if Your New Android Wear Smartwatch Will Work In Conjunction With Your Smartphone
1. Turn the smartphone on and unlock the passcode.
2. Open the Google Chrome app or install it from the Google Play Store if you don’t have it.
3. Type in android.com/wear/check as the URL and confirm the search.
4. Now the screen will show whether or not it is compatible.
– if it is working it will say “yes! Your phone is compatible with Android Wear.
It’s a touch gimmicky for some because obviously you should research this before going out and spending the money and then realizing it doesn’t work. Always check what it will work on beforehand. From what I can understand it tends to be an Android OS rather than devices because the new Android Wear lineup is made for a much broader scope to suit all of Android and not just a select few devices like we saw with the original Galaxy Gear. These along with other earlier attempts into the smartwatch scene have poisoned our minds a bit.
If you haven’t been shopping yet and you want try this out after you choose the right watch for you, I do have a tip. Personally I’m scanning ahead to check out the Samsung Smartwatch called the Gear Live, and I think it’s going to be the best. It has a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.2 GHz processor, 320 x 320 screen resolution, 512 MB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0 and 4 GB of internal storage that matches the LG G Watch I was talking about earlier. It also has a 300 mAh battery, is IP67 certified, has a heart rate monitor built in and more. The reason I prefer it is because I’m not an immense devotee of the look of the Moto 360 although I know many people who love it, and I respect that. I always found it hard imagining how a non-digital display is giving me notifications. The G Watch looks nice, but I’m certain Sammy might have an edge on this one given there first generation experience, and I’m expecting this one to be even better.