5 points where Google’s Android Wear fails today

5 points where Google’s Android Wear fails today

In the emerging world of smartwatches, Google took a step with its Android Wear platform last year. Moment after the new smartwatch platform announced by the search giant, companies like LG, Samsung and Motorola brought their Android Wear smartwatches, namely LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and Motorola Moto 360, to introduce an all-new range of offerings to make wrist smarter. The platform itself additionally received some major software updates in the recent times to deliver an easy-to-use experience on smartwatches. We already covered several stories on the success of Android Wear in the past but today it’s a time of bringing out some of its major cons. Therefore, we are here covering five points where Google’s Android Wear fails today.

Android Wear smartwatches

Smartwatches based on Android Wear platform

1.) No way to make or receive voice calls: Android Wear is designed to work as a companion platform for Android devices to let people get all the real-time notifications directly from their smartphones and tablets on to their smartwatches. However, there is no way or any support to allow users to make outgoing calls or even to receive incoming calls. Some third-party apps are now available on the Play Store to provide a dialer on Android Wear-based smartwatches, but the platform itself does not support incoming or outgoing voice calling capabilities.

2.) Absence of a built-in loudspeaker on the hardware front: As mentioned in the above point, users cannot make or receive voice calls through their Android Wear smartwatches. In addition to that point, manufacturers have not yet even added a built-in loudspeaker on any of the available Android Wear device to let users attend voice calls or to listen to their favourite songs. Although, there is an option to pair the smartwatches with any of the compatible Bluetooth headset, users cannot directly get audio through their Android Wear-based smartwatches.

3.) Can’t be paired with more than one compatible devices: Google undoubtedly changed the way smartwatches were available in the market with releasing Android Wear platform. Despite of this fact, the platform itself has one of the major limitations that it cannot be paired with more than one compatible Android devices. This means that users first need to disconnect their Android Wear smartwatches from one connected Android smartphone or tablet to make it connected with any of their other Android device. This kind of switching scenario seems to be quite annoying especially when you have installed several apps on their smartwatch but have to reset it and remove all the installed apps to make it connected with some other Android device.

4.) Requires minimum Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for operations: Just in line of the above point, Android Wear presently requires minimum Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system on an Android device, say a smartphone or tablet, to begin its operations. This means that your Android smartphone or tablet must run on at least Android 4.3, or on any of its above iteration, to connect with any of the available Android Wear smartwatch. Google has not exactly restricted any hardware specification for its Android Wear though the minimum requirement of Android version is enough to strike out all the dated smartphones and tablets from the compatibility list of its Android Wear platform.

5.) Works only under Bluetooth connectivity: The last point that we’ve noticed as a major con of Google’s Android Wear is the restriction of its connectivity only under Bluetooth environment. While there are a large number of smartphones and tablets are available in the market with one-tap NFC connectivity support, Android Wear platform still lags behind and exclusively works with Bluetooth connectivity. Hardware manufacturers such as Sony started adding NFC support on their latest Android Wear-based smartwatches, however, the platform does not have any NFC connectivity support to date and there is no word on its availability in the near future as well.

So these are five points where Google’s Android Wear fails today. Nevertheless, the platform has a list of impressive features and backed by enormous number of watch faces to offer an all-new smartwatch experience.

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