Google finally took the lid off of Android Wear today and showed us what life could be like with Google wearables. The preview SDK had a focus on notifications, but the full SDK is pushing how to translate an app experience to the new form factor. Google had a good number of apps to show off.
As was the message with the preview SDK, Google really wants Android Wear to be used for quick, glanceable information that doesn't require much in terms of interaction. So, it's not all that surprising which apps are the first to make it to Android smartwatches, including a cooking app, a song sharing app, and a taxi service app. All would be fast interactions for a specific purpose, and should work well on smartwatches.
Without further ado, here are the six apps shown off first for Android Wear.
Android Wear apps
Android Wear apps
Location services are going to be a big part of wearables, because there is a better chance that you'll see a notification for something nearby when it hits your wrist rather than just your phone. Pinterest showed that off as part of its plans. So, the app will notify you when something you pinned is nearby. From there, you can easily get directions through Google Maps.
Lyft is much like Uber. You use it to call a car and get a ride somewhere. That means it is a quick interaction (even just saying "OK Google, call me a car") and as an added bonus, the app will allow you to rate the driver when you reach your destination.
There will be song recognition service through Google Now, but once you've found the right track, you'll want to share it with friends. That's where Soundlink comes in. In addition to sharing music that you're listening to, you'll be able to start following others through your watch.
Eat24 is just like GrubHub, and lets you order food whenever you want. Google showed off the app as being very quick. In the demo, it took just 30 seconds to order a pizza. And, you can also repeat a previous order quickly through your smartwatch.
This was one of the better demos during the Android Wear segment. Allthecooks is a recipe app, and it will bring recipes directly to your wrist. You'll be able to see the ingredients needed, and swipe through the step-by-step cooking instructions. Even cooler is that the app on your phone will stay synced, so if you switch back to your phone, you'll be on the same step of the recipe.
It wouldn't be a new wearable platform without PayPal, which was also quick to make an app for the Samsung Gear devices. PayPal says the app will use voice commands, but hasn't said how. The app will also allow you to check-in to pay, redeem offers and check notifications.