Are you excited for new Android Wear smartwatches?


With Android Wear 2.0 nearing its final development stages and leaks teasing us with possible new smartwatches from LG, Huawei, and maybe even HTC (though, the company denies it's planning smartwatches anytime soon), it's only natural to assume that we might see some new timepieces on the MWC 2017 show floor this March. Android Wear smartwatches from big-name companies have sort of been put on hold for more than a year or so, as customer interest hasn't exactly been peaking.

On the other hand, for the past year, Apple and Samsung have made great strides to improve the experience with their respective watches — watchOS 3 for the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 brings faster operation, smoother animations, and more useful features, and Tizen for the Gear S2 and Gear S3 has slowly become a pretty solid software in its own right. Not to mention that Samsung's latest smartwatches kill it in terms of battery life.

So, it's safe to say that customer interest in the gadgets has been slightly rekindled. It's still frail and we still need some pretty good-looking hardware, combined with a very useful software to convince us to buy one of these expensive gadgets. With what we've seen from Google Wear 2, we think Google doesn't intend to let watchOS 3 leave it in the dust. So, what we need now are some good watches to support the new system.

With such a long pause between major Android smartwatch releases, one might at least get curious to see what the manufacturers would come out with. How do you feel about potential new Android Wear timepieces? Are you excited to see some new models, are you mildly curious, or do you just not care about watches?

Are you excited for new Android Wear smartwatches?

Yes! Throwing money at the screen right now
19.98%
I'm curious to see what's up, but not sure I am super pumped
43.38%
I'm good with my Apple Watch / Samsung Gear S
12.5%
I still don't care about smartwatches
24.14%

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17 Comments

1. Pabliell

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

The only smartwatch I was curious about was the Pebble. Wanted to see how it's gonna develop in the near future. But now Fitbit got it, so the future doesn't look that good anymore. The rest of the smartwatches are rubbish for now. Need to wait at least few years.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I would not say that. Pebble had great battery life, but wasn't high on the smart watch scale. You couldn't store or play music from it, you couldn't take phone calls on it. It's fitness was nothing more than a pedometer for the longest time. It had a very low resolution display, and it wasn't even a touch screen. It had no wifi, and even then the Bluetooth was very limited, especially to developers. It's tiny STM32F02 MCU clocked at a maximum of 120 MHz was also limited in terms of the OS and future growth moving forward. It only had 128 KB of RAM, and a few MB of storage. Every Android Wear smart watch so far has had over a GHz processor with a minimum of 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of storage. This alone means you can make full fledged apps for Android Wear. Something that is impossible on a pebble. Plus the Pebbles had to talk to a phone in order to communicate with another device. Android Wear can communicate directly to other devices. Android Wear is like the first smartphones, where as Pebble is like the Palm pilots.

12. Pabliell

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

That's exactly what I wanted. A WATCH with smart functionality. Not a micro version of smartphone on a wrist. Smartwatch is there so you don't have to pull your smartphone out of your pocket. To control things and get notified. Nothing else.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So you want the simple smart watch like device. Me personally I want a smart watch that is connect via LTE, and WiFi. With Android Wear 2.0 it is even coming with Google's AI Assistant. Plus with iOS you can install Android Wear apps directly on the watch without relying on the phone to install the apps. Hopefully you can install apps using your voice as well. That would be cool. The other thing that I think is really cool, is Google's project soli, which is tiny radar built into the watch. So you don't even have to touch the screen at all. These are the things I want in my smart watches.

14. Pabliell

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

The question is why do you want them? To use more of battery life? You have the phone in your pocket, why do you need your watch to be more autonomous? It should be made to be a screen to control your phone, and then perfected. No one needs a second, but a smaller phone and on the wrist. Project Soli looks nice, but I'm afraid it'll end up like Ara.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Project Soli is far more realistic than Project Ara Project Soli has already been shown off working in prototypes Project Ara was riddled with technical difficulties and failures from the start The 2016 Project Ara phone was barely more modular than the Moto Z Hence IMO why it got cancelled Because they weren't able to rewrite physics and bring Phonebloks into reality

2. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Im exited about Android Wear 2 but not the Google LG watches, no Heart rate monitor on Style & the Sport is Way Way to thick. Tizan is good for Battery life but thats it, virtually no apps or developer support. But I am exited about the Huawei Smartwatch V2, cant wait to see the specs on that.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wish Google would hurry up with their project soli on smart watches. That would definitely move a lot more smart watches.

3. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Still don't own a smartwatch. May pick one up on the cheap when 2.0 gets released.

4. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

I had a horrible experience with android wear ..... So tizen for me :D

5. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Gear s3 has got my attention, but wasn't happy with the way it looks on my somewhat small wrist when I put one on.

6. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Wish they had brought Wear up to speed faster. It has been weak, and now that the Gear S3 is killing it, i'm not sure they will have the rapid success they could have. I don't care for Tizen as a platform, but it's working quite well.

8. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Lol, PA has put Apple watch and Gear S3 under the same option coz they know that nobody will be interested in it due to which they thought of saving Apple's ass from getting embarrassed. Epic Lol!

7. Zolo111

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 25, 2016

Only if they offer something that can take a sim card, none of that esim crap. Otherwise, not interested in WiFi only.

11. ChrisLaarman

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 12, 2016

I voted "curious". I'm willing to buy a competitor to my SmartWatch 3 and my two Apple Watches, and pair it with the not-paired smartphone. That means: Android Wear (no Tizen, no Pebble), a rectangular screen, and features that make it useful as a stand-alone computing device or as an interface device paired with a smartphone. No interest in the looks, nor in fitness matters. However, I feel like phasing out my Android devices themselves, due to the poor software support by the vendors.

15. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Just got me a LG Urbane new from ebay for $100. Waiting for it to arrive in the mail any day.

17. NewtonDKC

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 07, 2016

I find it amusing that 25% of people reading the article about new smartwatches voted they "Still aren't interested in smartwatches". Then why read an article about smartwatches in the first place? I also can't understand why some people feel the need to proclaim that smartwatches MUST be this only and NOT that. To each his own, and if you don't want a feature someone else might and to say it's ridiculous or makes the Watch pointless is shortsighted in the extreme. If you don't load music and play it on the watch, it's not going to use any battery life by simply being an included feature. If you don't like gestures, just disable the feature and again, no hit to battery life. Smartwatches seem to polarize people like politics and generate almost as many rage fueled debates, like some people are furious that smartwatches even exist and that some people could somehow be stupid enough to even want one. Seriously, what the heck? In any case, I'm glad to see Wear progressing and it still IMO is the most well rounded option out there. But competition is always good for the consumer, and the LGs even have Digital Crowns! Of course I'd love a rotating bezel like the Gear S3 -Android a Wear 2 would be amazing with that hardware control - but the crown is a good start and here's hoping the Huawei 2 will have its own Crown control and that the rest of it is as high quality and ready for the future as the original was!

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