Android Wear's biggest mistake

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by gdeputy, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. gdeputy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    New York
    was not allowing it to function in some aspect on iOS.

    I'll probably buy an entry-level Apple Watch, because it's 350$ (which, admittedly is actually kind of steep) and I'm a sucker for new tech that works on my iPhone..

    but, a year ago i considered android FOR their watches, because the idea is really cool to me.

    If android was compatible I would probably opt for one of their watches.
  2. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    Google did announce plans to bring Android Wear to iOS, but when and what capacity (notifications only?) is unknown.
  3. Southernboyj macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    I'm getting the Apple Watch also. I bought an iPhone 6 Plus at launch but was coming from a Galaxy S5. I had it paired with a Moto 360. I loved the look of the watch, but at the time.. It's functionality and support was lacking badly. I hear it's getting a bit better though.
  4. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
  5. Ries macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2007
    In which aspects? Because android wear is limited to functionality in the exposed Apple API.
  6. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Why is it an Android mistake when it's Apple that restricted it? Apple want to control the whole experience. They would never allow Android to be fully compatible with iOS.
  7. Tycho24 Suspended


    Aug 29, 2014
    Lol.... yup. Terrible. Cheesy.

    And the tutting is NOT as impressive as they think it is.

    Quit trying to be "edgy".... it feels forced, phoney, contrived, & disingenuous.
  8. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    While I agree that Apple will never allow Android Wear to have the same level of integration as the Apple watch. That there is no integration at the moment is Google's fault. It could have the same amount of integration as Pebble's do with iOS, that it doesn't is a choice Google made, not Apple.
    By the way I think that was probably a good choice by Google. I'm sure they would want the experience to be consistent with their watches.
  9. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    I honestly don't know what Google's problem is/was. They make more money from iOS than they do on Android so why the heck would they not allow Androidwear to work with iOS? :confused:
  10. Ries macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2007
    Stop trying to be young. You are not the target audience.
  11. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    I don't fault either company for limiting their smartwatch efforts to their own platform. You're just not going to get the same features and functionality in a cross-platform scenario.

    Additionally, it has a lot to do with using the watch as a conduit to sell more phones. Apple is clearly looking to drive iPhone sales and lock-in with the watch. It is a smart strategy. Android manufacturers should do the same.
  12. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Ah... I see now the point OP was trying to make.
  13. mrex macrumors 68040


    Jul 16, 2014

    there werent 3rd party keyboards until apple allowed it to happen. same goes here... dont blame google.
  14. Tycho24 Suspended


    Aug 29, 2014
    While you don't know me...
    I still appreciate the post. However (egg on your face), I actually AM involved with and steeped in edm culture. I can see why that would seem "young" to those oblivious to the scene.
    Let me tell you... the cheesy "b-boying" they try to capture here is NOT hip, edgy, fresh, accurate, or representative to the culture... underground or mainstream.
    I do agree that, now that I'm the ripe old age of my early 30's, this ad was not targeted at me. That's ok; I'd much prefer to be a part of Apple Watch's demographic!! =)
    I don't "try to be young", nor need to...
    I'm pleased with being a grown up, that's in tune with that which is relevant to me. I firmly believe however that dance and music typically transcend minor age differences... I have yet to attend a dance party & feel even slightly out of place.
    As a matter of fact, the premier edm event here in Florida, "Holy Ship!" is a cruise with the best djs in the world performing, and I noticed that it skewed a little older and wealthier. Nobody in attendance seemed fake or "trying to be young". Young or old though... I bet any of them could have also told you that commercial is whack!!!
  15. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    Speaking from the Apple point of view, I wouldn't want my user experienced tarnished by what I believe is an inferior group of products.

    Hence why I doubt we see Android Wear compatibility in any REAL form with iOS. Google will do what they can to link the two because they know they stand to make more money that way.

    But Apple tightly controls and cultivates their user experience - and there's no way they'll let another company's (let alone a competitor) devices muddy that experience.
  16. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    I would wager google does want it to work with iOS

    Apple is the one who wants to guard it

    ah fair enough, didnt see the pebble comment, google should at least go that far

    stockholder interests wont let apple for real allow android wear though. easier for the apple watch to compete when it doesnt have any full featured competition
  17. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    No. Android wear (I own an lg g watch). But android wear won't be popular because they won't get all the device makers on board like android let phone makers basically add crapware to android phones to let them "differentiate themselves" from the pack.

    Manufacturers are starting to complain Google is being too strict with android wear.

    I have always been early adopter. Got the LG G watch when it first came out summer 2014.
  18. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    That was terrible, I was waiting for a MadTV character to popup.
  19. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Yeah, and I'm just not blindly hating on Android either. They have a couple nice looking wearables. But if I didn't know better and saw this ad I would be thinking "stay away, stay away!". Same with the shouting and genius ads Apple did, those were awful.
  20. MasterRyu2011 macrumors 65816

    Aug 22, 2014
    So have you guys thought about this? Android Wear apps are currently downloaded via the Play Store. So by making Android Wear compatible with iOS, you have to think about the intricacies of having to make Android apps work with iOS.

    I'm all for making Android Wear available on iOS, but I doubt it'd be the same experience. I'm not sure how open Apple's APIs are compared to Google's.

    Regardless, this thread is no longer applicable as Google already announced that they will make it compatible with iOS.
  21. skratch77 macrumors 65816

    Mar 20, 2013
    Doesn't android wear use nfc to communicate? How would they even try to get it to work when the iPhone did not get or have nfc until the iPhone 6
  22. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    And NFC on the iPhone is limited to payments.
  23. unlinked macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
    Pretty sure it uses bluetooth.
  24. fisha macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2006
    My sony SW3 is bluetooth.

    On the topic, it doesn't overly bother me much that it doesn't work with Apple products. For me, I primarily use the GPS logging on my watch for running. I walk in the house after a run, it syncs the GPS data the next time it gets in range of the phone, and thats about it. Beyond that, I leave it on the desk and wear a normal watch the rest of the day.

    I have worn it during my normal day work, and I don't really find that the notifications on my wrist really add much to my day to day life. Most notifications are generally crap ones TBH. Nor does the ability to "OK Google" it to do something make my life easier either.

    So I certainly don't think I wish I were synced to an Apple phone, and I equally don't feel tied to Google either.

    The watches are in their infancy, and ALL makers are still finding their feet ... so I think it makes sense to keep things a little locked down to stop things running away from themselves and becoming too complex too quickly.
  25. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    Not so much getting Android apps to work on iOS but getting iOS apps to communicate with the Android Wear device.

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