PixelRocket covers the important topics on wearables by both Android and Apple.
Of all the major players pushing wearable tech goods, Google is showing us what it means to see in a new light. There are several watches and other wearable tech options available, but Google has managed to cement themselves as a go-to source for useful gadgets.
Their project ‘Google Glass’ has become a multi-national success, leading to the creation of applications that are able to supply information for us while we go about our speculating lives. Already, prescription versions of Google glasses have been made available for use. This effort could eventually transpose modern prescription glasses into technically inclined ones, but this happening on a wide scale will likely take the passing of a generation or two. These innovations have yet to gain a mass acceptance and it will take time to register their wear-ability on a larger level. We can’t just have e-cigarette using deviants running around, using the abilities within their Google Glasses at the expense of our privacy!
The past month has been what seems to be a technical arms race. Apple’s WWDC and Google’s I/O conference have not only declared cold war status with one another but several companies offering wearable/automotive technology and cloud storage. The prospect of wearable tech and gadgetry has grown significantly over the last decade along with several other trends in technology. Could the innovators who strive to incorporate computerized glasses and watches be on the verge of cultural relevancy?
Already, Google’s Android L platform has been heralded as the creation which will mend all necessities into one’s everyday experience. As a cross-device platform, it has the ability to connect phone, wristwatch, or car as one UI for the user’s convenience. It can be assessed that Android will become omnipotent once they integrate their devices into wearable accessories. This can be said because of the fact they have out-shipped and out-shared the other smart device giants. In a report of global market shares during November 2013, Android’s shipment numbers displayed 211.6 million smartphones shipped in the quarter, while Apples iOS had shipped only 33.8 million. These are astounding numbers because as any jalopy driving gossip queen knows the market is entirely made of iPhone users. Obviously.
These shipping statistics have a direct correlation to the market shares exhibited by the aforementioned companies as well. Android’s 81.0% compared to iOS’s 13%. The results don’t lie; Android was doing 6 times better than iOS despite the prominence of devices supported by iOS. With that said, the rivalry between the two is looking quite promising for Google/Android. However there is no definite way to determine the success of “L” on all droid’s regular and wearable devices, the same can be said for Apple. We’ll have to make that evaluation when waist deep in device warfare, a while after each company releases their conflicting platforms.
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