Google shows off Android Wear notifications
With the start of June just days away, summer is almost finally within reach. The season means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but to smartwatch fans, summer 2014 stands to be especially memorable thanks to the arrival of the first Android Wear devices. We still may not know firm dates for the retail availability of LG’s G Watch or Motorola’s Moto 360, but make no mistake: they’re coming. But what will they actually be like to use? While Android Wear’s been official for months now, we haven’t had that many great opportunities to get a look at the software. This week we start doing something about that, as we check out the publication of a few screenshots revealing the system’s notifications.
It’s just a brief selection, but we see notifications as they might arrive from games, connected home hardware, calendar reminders, and apps that support media playback controls.
And these are just some simple ones; Google also talks about the sort of rich Android-Wear-enhanced notifications that will be possible for devs who specifically take the time to make apps Wear-aware (that’s going to be fun to say), like supporting voice replies – and for a smartwatch, proper use of voice commands could be key to its usability.