Android Wear Q&A: ask us anything you wish to know about Google's smartwatch platform


Well, guys, it looks like smartwatches are officially a thing, and they're here to stay now that a major force like Google is backing up their advent. Not long ago, the tech giant announced Android Wear – its software platform built for smartwatches and other wearable gadgets, and the first devices powered by it aren't far from being released commercially. As a matter of fact, the LG G Watch can be pre-ordered already and the Moto 360 is due to launch later this summer.

Now, we had the opportunity to see Android Wear in action during the Google I/O conference. We also had the chance to take a quick look at the LG G Watch and the Moto 360 running it (read our LG G watch hands-on and Moto 360 hands-on posts for more details). But as extensive as our coverage may have been, there's probably a ton of questions still boggling the minds of many. That's why we thought we'd have a Q&A session on Android Wear and the upcoming smartwatches powered by it. Ask us anything you wish to know about them, and we'll do our best to provide you with an answer in a timely manner. Just make sure that whatever it is you're curious about hasn't been mentioned in our posts and hands-ons related to Android Wear. With that out of the way, the comments section below is open for your questions!

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49 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Are there any benefits over a regular watch? :)

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I can see one for sure. At Starbucks I could see my Starbucks barcode on a smart watch. Don't have to start the app, just have the Android wear app display the necessary info. That's just one case. Just use your brain. There are millions of things that a smart watch can do. You just have to think.

2. acrord32

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

really we need clock that likely are going to have to 2 years life cycle? I mean my tag heuer is almost 4 years old now and it's ok, but how a smarthwath is going to withstand the test of time?

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Good question. I would like to know as well. I have purchased the Gear Live which is ip67. The other thing is the battery. That worries me more. I currently have the Gear Neo and I am currently waiting for my Gear Live to arrive. I will probably still buy the Moto 360 when it arrives. I wish Samsung would have added the IR blaster to the Gear Live as well.

3. damokles unregistered

How is it connected to the smartphone? Bluetooth? Does it have an own SIM-card?

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The LG G watch and Samsung Gear Live are using Bluetooth. The current Android wear do not have any stand alone phone features, so no Sim. Although I heard Samsung is coming out with a Smart Watch called the Gear Solo, which can make phone calls and send text messages without being connected to any smart phone.

4. sriramdescartes

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Is it the right time to buy a smartwatch or should we wait??

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wait for what? The Moto 360? Smart watches have been out for a while already with the Pebble, Samsung Gear, even I'm Watch.

5. teiva

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

What can the watch do when it is not within bluetooth range of the phone? Can it still record steps and track heart rate?

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yes it can. The heart rate monitor will work as well. If that sensor is included, like the Gear Live.

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

NO one doesn't even have any info on the 360

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Will Google Translate be integrated as well, so I can use the watch as an universal translator?

8. naittosan

Posts: 241; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

This is a execalent question, I would also like the answer to it.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The LG G watch demo displayed that. A girl translated from English to Chinese (offset 1:13). LG G Watch : Product Movie: http://youtu.be/0k3KLjVUzF4

15. naittosan

Posts: 241; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Thanks

11. hammertong

Posts: 41; Member since: May 10, 2010

Most electronic watches are made in the Far East. Hence they all come with tiny wristbands. Will the smart watches be plagued by the same problem or will they actually make them for American wrists?

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

You know, I don't think the problem is too small wrist bands, but too fat people :)

48. hammertong

Posts: 41; Member since: May 10, 2010

Exactly right. They should only make watches for little girls and wimps.

45. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

They're made for an American market by an American company, but manufactured in the Far East. So obviously they're for American sized people?

16. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Can the watch be turned on after being manually turned off without the use of a charger?

23. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

I know dat feeling, bro.

18. sojizy

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 30, 2008

Does Android wear support regular sms and hangout messages. What are the chances for support for things like BBM and Whatsapp

44. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android wear supports sms and you can respond to hangout messages. If BBM and Whatsapp add in wearable support into their existing Android app, then I don't see why it wouldn't work.

20. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Google has been touting a lot about contextual awareness and I've been doing a lot of research on smartwatches as a whole so my question is, Can the watch tell when your phone is in your hand so it can stop sending pings? My second question is since I receive a lot of emails by the hundreds, can you stop it from buzzing on all the junk mail so it can focus on the important ones?

21. yashlg97

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

How to download the android wear app for my nexus 5? Can u provide me with the link as I've been looking for the app on the play store but have been unable to find it.

43. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android wear apps can be integrated into existing Android apps. That is one of Android wears greatest advantages over other smart watches. For other smart watches you have to build a complete app for the smart watch. This means existing apps just have to add in pieces of code to allow users to interact with an existing app.

22. Drahos

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

Wll it be abble to make the call or to anwer the incoming call? And what about reading or sending sms?

42. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The current two devices don't have a speaker built in. But they will display the call. Which you can answer or hang up or send a text message reply to the caller. You still have to talk on the phone or Bluetooth headset. You can also send text messages out using your voice. They just never used a speaker on these current smart watches.

24. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

How is the battery life? My old Smartwatch MN2 had a battery life of 15 minutes, if the screen was on all the time.

25. platformwars

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Does the smart watch have any health and fitness benefits like the gear fit and other fitness bands?? Will the LG, Samsung or Motorola introduce any of the fitness features?

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