While Android based smartphones are being released in the market at a steady pace by multiple vendors, they no longer seem to carry the ‘wow’ factor.
That seems to have been taken by a new gadget – the smart watch. Multiple vendors are exploring ideas for a smart watch, with many of them being powered by Android. In fact, as per rumors, Apple is also working on a smart watch.
Recently, Sony launched an Android-based smart watch that has a SIM card. The take on the device is that you can now afford to leave your mobile phone at home and still be connected. While this proposition may have been true if the only task that people did was to make calls, smartphones these days are incidentally used to make calls. Their main use is to connect on Facebook, Whats App, share photos and the like – connecting with the social network. Making calls is secondary.
Being able to do this on a gadgets whose display is as small as a watch will prove to be difficult. Not only is the screen size small, but typing on the screen is a no show, unless coupled with another device. As it may turn out, a smart watch will become an accessory that will display messages from a paired smartphone (which is already the case in many gadgets) so that we do not need to pull out the larger and larger screen mobile phones out of over-sized pockets.
In addition to the screen size, a big cause of concern will be the battery size. If we expect the watch to perform multiple tasks like monitor messages, send email and the like, the battery is going to take a hit. It seems that the Sony watch needs to be recharged after six hours. While battery life may improve, imagine plugging in your watch into the nearest power socket and heating up your wrist in the process.