Charged Up: Does Google nonetheless care about Android Wear? I am not so positive anymore

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Michael Kors launching a chatbot for its Android Wear assortment may not sound just like the type of information that can dramatically alter the trail of smartwatches, however it did get me considering.

After I learn that the style model had taken it upon themselves to assist information new homeowners of its Entry Sofie on tips on how to benefit from their new watch, I could not assist considering, “Is not this what Google, not Michael Kors needs to be doing?”

Okay, so Michael Kors has tried its greatest to decorate up what is actually a tutorial by additionally providing ideas on styling your Sofie. However does not this exist already once you boot up your Android Wear smartwatch, watch for the brand to vanish, do the smartphone pairing dance after which get walked by way of the Wear fundamentals?

It feels lots like Google is starting to undertake the mindset of, “We have given you the nuts and bolts (and the smarts), now we’ll depart you to it”.

I am positive the Android Wear updates will proceed to roll out within the uneven method they’ve carried out thus far, however I am unable to assist considering the actual fact the same old tech suspects do not make smartwatches has someway knocked Google’s confidence about the way forward for the platform.

Having the likes of Sony, Motorola and Huawei again away from a motion they initially supported can’t have been seen as an excellent factor. It maybe leaves solely LG to hold the tech firm mantle for Android Wear, as the style manufacturers and conventional watchmakers attempt to inject life into their watch gross sales and within the course of get extra smartwatches on extra individuals’s wrists.

Individuals depart jobs on a regular basis however the departure of David Singleton, the previous vice chairman of engineering for Android Wear, needs to be seen as main blow for the platform too.

For those who liked the enhancements made in Wear 2.0, that is the person to thank. He additionally led issues on Google Match and was an enormous driver of style firms like Fossil getting into the Android Wear realms, delivering a number of the greatest Android Wear smartwatches we have seen thus far within the course of.

In 2018 thus far we have had extra Fossil Android Wear watches and a software program replace that makes it simpler to learn notifications, which quantity to the headline information for Android Wear. Granted, we’re solely a month into the brand new yr, however I need to have greater causes to be enthusiastic about Google’s riposte to a steadily enhancing Apple Watch and what the likes of Samsung, Garmin and others are doing for the smartwatch motion.

However there’s additionally a flip aspect to this. Possibly it is a new Google technique it is adopting. Take a step again, nonetheless do the tinkering within the background, however let Fossil, Tag and others push the Wear message.

A message the place Google has determined to offer these smartwatch newcomers extra of a say on how Google’s OS can discover its approach into individuals’s lives. Its technique hasn’t appeared to work too effectively thus far, so perhaps that is the way in which to ensure all the nice that does exist in its software program does not all go to waste.