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Google’s New Smartwatch

Can you believe the Google Android Wear smartwatch is two years old (man, technology is changing too fast). But Google/Android has little to celebrate in the watch department. Apple’s iWatch has been kicking them around since the very beginning.

Out of necessity, Google has upped their game. They will introduce Android Wear 2.0. This one promises to be better. For example, Android Wear 2.0 says they will have standalone apps that won’t require a matching smartphone. One such app is Spotify. That’s right: if all goes right, you can download and enjoy your favorite tunes from your watch and watch only. Of course, you’ll still need some kind of Internet connection. They’ve made interface operations, like easier notifications and an easier QWERTY keyboard. With the new Android watch, you can type replies to messages, instead of just replying through voice. You can also obtain information from third-party apps, though it’s a limited amounts. For health advocates and active persons, they can keep track of steps taken or calories consumed throughout the day. Of course, competitor Samsung Gear 2 also has a slick keyboard where you can type responses. The iWatch, the current smartwatch race leader, has emoji responses.

I bring up Android Wear 2.0 competitors for a reason. They’ve got a long ways to go. Yes, these are great improvements for Google’s smartwatch. But the fact that these basics are actually called an improvement is telling right there. I guess the one thing they can do to compete is keep the prices low and competitive. But one smart thing the new Google smartwatch has is better access to apps like Spotify. Everyone likes music. The easier it is to get access to music, the better it will be for the customer. So easier access to this app is a great start. But that’s all it is: a start. How much would you pay for Android Wear 2.0?

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