Last week Google announced its new platform for wearable devices in the form of Android Wear. The news was greeted by most media as being one the most significant announcements of the year, and a real game-changer for the future of wearable digital devices. It also emerged that Sony will keep its distance from Android Wear and instead continue with their own wearables strategy, including the forthcoming Lifelog app. Here at Mobile Geeks, we had plenty of opinions and thoughts on the issue, so much so that Nicole Scott and Stewart Haston decided to sit down chew it over on video:
Among the many Android Wear partners that were cited by Google the one really caught the eye was seeing the clothing and accessories manufacturer FOSSIL standing side by side with Samsung, HTC, Asus, LG and even Intel. Google has been always been smart in the way it creates cohesion and rationality in building platforms with rival partners. Bringing FOSSIL to the table was an intelligent move, outlining the scope of Google’s vision.
It’s fair to say that Sony also have a vision. The three iterations of the Sony Smart Watch have shown real progress, while the LifeLog app actually shows a more aggressive version of what Samsung have done with their Gear Fit, monitoring not only your heart-rate, sleeping patterns and walking stats, but also your communications, music, camera and app data. Sony’s strategy so far has skirted the data privacy debate reluctantly – who gets the data? What commercial entities will have access to the data?
There are certainly several questions that will eventually be resolved, firstly is Sony really opting out of Android Wear at all? And should they plough ahead with their own strategy regardless, especially in light of Android Wear being largely a paper launch at this very nascent stage?