Jared Newman, writing for Fast Company, outlines his take on Android Wear’s updated strategy. He essentially makes these 5 points.
- Always-on Display for Apps: Keeps the app visible so that you don’t have to touch or gesture to see the content.
- Better App Launcher: To make it easier to launch apps. Previously, Google Wear’s main focus on notifications.
- Allow Users to Create Their Own Google Now Cards: To avoid notification overload from both Google Now and apps.
- Custom Voice Actions: Commands like “What movies are playing” on Flixster.
- iOS Support: To attract valuable iOS users.
iOS support could be the killer feature, IF it’s robust enough: allowing users to do things like send messages, use Google Now, etc.
The central question is, how robust *can* it be? Pebble’s app, Jawbone UP’s app – they’re all very basic. Will that change? We’re getting closer and closer to finding out.