Developers won't have to wait too much longer for Google to release a software-development kit designed to make it easier to incorporate Google's Android platform into wearable devices. Based on their reactions on Twitter, developers are eager to get their hands on it.
LAS VEGAS--Wearable computers were seemingly everywhere at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, popping up in keynotes and at booths, in the form of watches, earbuds, bracelets bands and others. However, according to analysts and executives, many of them are not quite ready for prime time in terms of function and style.
Wearable computing seems likely to be one of the major themes of the Consumer Electronics Show kicking off next week, with smart watches being the most prominent segment in wearables right now. However, there is a good deal fo skepticism among analysts about whether or not the wave of hype around wearables will translate into devices consumers actually want to use on ongoing basis.
They represent some of the most innovative ways in which Apple and Google are trying to increase engagement with consumers, but developers couldn't get enough of the humor inspired by a mock feud between iOS virtual assistant Siri and the wearable technology Google Glass last week.
Wearables are the gadget world's equivalent of frozen yogurt shops: they're popping up all over. Signs of an accelerated hype cycle: analyst reports with hockey stick forecasts, conferences seemingly every other week, and a media frenzy over the next mass market digital gadgets… glasses and watches(!)
When developers submit an app in Google Play, they know what consumers will end up seeing: a name, an icon, a description and maybe some screen shots. Which is fine for the average Android app, but as the use cases for Google Glass begin to explode, the world may need a lot more detail about what's available for download.
When developers start creating their apps and games I wonder if they picture how they will be used. Don't just consider what features or functions will prove popular, but keep in mind what people will actually be doing with their bodies--how they will be sitting if they're sitting, whether they'll have use of one hand or two, whether they will hold a phone comfortably in their lap or with their arm stretched out.
Samsung Electronics confirmed it is working on a smart watch which may rival a similar product that Apple is reportedly working on as the race to develop wearable computing devices heats up.
According to "an extremely reliable source" speaking to 9to5Google 's Seth Weintraub, the Internet search engine-cum-online-video leader (via YouTube) is "in the process of building standalone retail stores in the U.S. and hopes to have the first flagship Google Stores open for the holidays in major metropolitan areas."
Five years from now, will we still interact with our phones the same way we do today? Will we still fish out our phone from our pocket and tap on a glass screen to search for a nearby pizza restaurant? Will we still be swiping through LinkedIn profiles to see what our new client looks like? Will we still need to press an "answer" button to receive a call?