An Android watch can be a pretty useful accessory, especially if you’re constantly on the go and need to grab information at a glance. However, a few nifty improvements could help unlock the true potential of Android smartwatches to serve the consumer’s needs:
1) BETTER BATTERIES
All the nifty features in the world won’t do squat if they cause your Android watch to run out of juice halfway through the day. Companies like Swatch, Asus and RIM are working on the problem though, so it’ll only be a matter of time until we get Android smart watches with longer battery lives.
2) BETTER INTEGRATION WITH THE IOT
The internet is becoming increasingly connected with everyday objects like TVs and refrigerators, hence the Internet Of Things (IOT). Smartphones and tablets are currently serving as the primary means of communicating with these other smart gadgets, but imagine how easier things would be if you are able to do so with that Android watch strapped firmly and securely to your wrist?
3) GESTURE RECOGNITION
One main advantage of smart watches is how their fixed state on our wrists could prove useful for gesture recognition. How about turning the lights on with the wave of a hand? Scrolling through a webpage or TV channels? Opening up a virtual keyboard or touchpad? The day an Android wrist watch can recognize complicated gestures is the day it will have the potential to be a true, hands-free hub for the Internet of Things
4) HEAVY-DUTY PROTECTION
A great antivirus app can shield your watch from malware, but not when you accidentally slam the watch into the floor, a wall or a passing vehicle. Granted not even traditional watches can survive too much abuse, but being able to reinforce an Android watch so that it can survive a heavy bump or scary scraping is always a good thing.
5) HOLOGRAM/PROJECTOR DISPLAY
The thing with virtually all Android wearables is how small their displays are. A large screen is simply a bad idea for an Android watch, as it will end up being bulky and looking rather ugly. An alternative display that can be blown up, however, has the potential to solve that problem. Popping up a hologram is pretty far off as far as technology is considered, but current and upcoming projector technology could help with that problem in the short term.
6) TRUE VOICE CONTROL
Google Now is getting better and better at voice commands with each passing generation. The problem is it’s not quite perfect yet and you’ll still need wireless Internet access to make full use of its features. Once the technology is mastered though, then voice commands would do a world of good when it comes to working with Android watches.
7) SOMETHING THAT ONLY AN ANDROID WATCH CAN DO
One of the main reasons why people haven’t adopted smart watches as widely and as quickly as smart phones is that there really is no “must-have” function that sets Android smart wearables apart from the phones. This function could come out one day, when the technology behind the smart watch is refined enough. As of now though, the Android watch serves best as either companion to smartphones or an ultra-portable alternative.
How about you? What feature or features would entice you to instantly buy an Android watch?