Having reviewed two different iterations of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, there was something about both of them that has been really bugging us. Why would you put something on your wrist that does exactly the same thing as the phone in your pocket?
It turns out Google has been thinking the same way, and in a new video addressing app developers, it lays out why there won’t be pages and pages of app icons on upcoming Android Wear watches. Google thinks wearable should be capable of block our techno-binging on smartphones and bring us back to reality.
“If we put [apps] on a wearable, it just doesn’t make sense. It would be the same time-consuming paradigm on a device designed to reduce those parts of the interaction,” says the video’s host, Google’s Timothy Jordan.
Instead, the Android Wear platform is based on the same ‘cards’ notification metaphor that we see in the Google Now search tool. Users can swipe through cards to read notifications and request information by using their voice to perform searches.
There are already a number of high profile phone makers reportedly working on Android Wear watches, including Motorola, LG and even Samsung.
Google is expected to show off the Android Wear platform during this year’s Google I/O developer conference, starting June 24.