Apple, Google and Samsung are all in a rush to grab you by the wrist. The heat has been turned up for computer wearables and the focus is centered above your hand.
The first Google Android Wear smartwatches have just been released. They appear as the LG G Watch and Samsung’s Gear Live.
Meantime the clock is ticking on Apple’s iWatch debut. The firm is ramping up its efforts to launch their new wearable sometime this fall. In fact the company is reported to have hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer to help in this effort.
Overall the companies are scrambling to grab their share of a projected wearables market valued at $8.3 billion dollars in 2018.
While the iWatch is still months away, the Android Wear versions are at-hand or now “on-wrist”.
These smartwatches, which work with any Android smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher, are not perfect in every detail but do have some of the promised features that business executives could find useful.
On the down side, size may matter and no doubt these are large watches. Men will find them more comfortable than women who may not appreciate lugging around the devices on their slender wrists.
Applications are limited at this time but more are on the way. Battery life can also be shorter than what is expected. Daily charging is recommended for optimum performance.
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