Android Wear feedback
I was at #io14
received the LG G watch. If you're wondering if you should spend the $250 for it, I think it's worth every penny. Go, do it now if you haven't already!
- I no longer obsessively check my phone on every notification. There was a slide during the keynote about how much checking our phone takes out of our day versus checking a watch, and I completely agree with it. I can now receive a notification, glance at my watch, shrug if it's not important and carry on within seconds.
- It's pretty great that all apps are supported by default at a basic minimum of showing the message. That's a nice boost in confidence for Wear in reliability.
- As a side result of getting all app notifications, I found that I haven't received too many unnecessary notifications, and if I did, it wasn't too hard to go into the companion app and disable notifications. It would be great if you could easily disable them from your watch somehow instead of having to dig through an apps list. PushBullet has the right idea here. Either make it a default action alongside "Open on phone" or maybe through a special gesture.
- I'm really looking forward to when more apps have Wear support, as that's when things will get really interesting. Hangouts' quick reply support is great, for example. Keep's ability to display notes on your watch is absolutely crazy. I recently saw a calculator Wear app, which sounds really nifty and has lots of promise. I noticed there's a "call a car" action for Lyft which gives you a great idea of the sorts of uses we'll see Wear used for.
- This deserves it's own point. I was watching some Youtube videos with my Chromecast yesterday and was able to pause from my watch. Integration win! Naturally, this applies for any media app, as Wear already has support for media controls as basic support.
- There is a really awesome mute gesture (slide down all the way), but it's not working with my phone right now. I'm assuming that needs L support?
- I'm probably going to replace the strap on my LG G watch at some point. It's either too tight or too loose. I guess this is what I get for never wearing a watch in the last 10 years. Time to go hunting for some straps. I suspect that market might see a slight jump. Not really a fault of Wear or LG, because everyone has differently sized wrists.
- Although while the original strap is a bit of a downside, I think the wireless charging pins work great! Just magnetically snaps into place without any fuss. I'm looking forward to seeing what the 360's Qi charging experience will be like. Hopefully it won't be like my Nexus 5 and my Qi charger that was designed for a Nexus 4, where I have to correctly align it to charge properly. Although it'd probably help a lot of the Qi charger had a magnet, which I think most do nowadays.
- Wear has active and standby modes. Standby is a nice black and white display of your watchface, which works out really nicely. Voice detection isn't active while in standby, but I really like that Wear seems to be more sensitive to active detection when you're using something like navigation, or you have a recent notification. Little things like this are what makes Wear so great.
- There are only about 4 out of 24 default watchfaces that have the date in them. I think that number should be higher, but from what I hear, there isn't support for building watchfaces right now (early product, remember), so I hope to see something in the near future. I've had a horrible sense of time until I got Wear, so I'm pretty happy about that, but I also have a horrible sense of what date it is today!
- Alarms seem to be separate from your phone. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing.
- Battery life is great. I think it should be able to last two days. I seem to go to bed with battery life at around 45%. I have the habit of charging my phone nightly anyway, so I charge Wear nightly as well just in case. On my first day wearing it (partial initial charge), it did get down to 5%, but while the last 15% is something I always dread on my phone, because I know it's going to die in a short timespan, the last 15% on Wear was a surprisingly nice stretch that lasted a couple of hours.
- Seems like you can only be connected to one device at a time, from reading other reviews. I'm still kind of wondering it that's necessary or not, and if so, why? I imagine the developers that worked on Wear considered this and couldn't think of much reason to support it either.
- I am really looking forward to Wear being a trusted agent in Android L, playing a role in authentication. From the keynote, your watch will authenticate you to your phone, and your phone (or watch?) will authenticate you to your Chromebook. I also noticed in one of the I/O Bytes that there will be some sort of integration with Google's re-authentication checkpoints, so it's great for having a measure/sense of security confidence when performing sensitive operations.
I'll probably update this post as I have more thoughts. #androidwear #wear #io14 #lggwatch