With the onslaught of all kinds of wearable technology in the market, it’s easy to get caught up and wanting to buy anything that catches your fancy and fits your lifestyle. And with the introduction of Android Wear, the customised platform for wearable devices, more gadgets are surely arriving. But before you buy anything else, you have to make sure that your smartwatch is compatible with your current Android device. That is where this URL comes in.
Before considering whether or not to buy that smartwatch you’re eyeing, visit g.co/WearCheck on your phone or tablet and it will tell you if they are compatible with the Android Wear platform. For example, when we went to the URL using our Galaxy Note 2 LTE, it confirmed that yes, they are compatible to any smartwatch we’ll buy that uses Android Wear. Same goes for when we checked with our Galaxy Note 10.1. If your device is running on Jellybean 4.3 and higher, there should be no problem as to the compatibility.
Android Wear was introduced back in March of this year and since then, OEMs have been developing their own wearable devices that will take advantage of this platform specifically customised for wearables. During this week’s Google I/O conference, they showcased what it can do, which includes receiving notifications from your phone on your smartwatch, using it as an authenticator for your mobile device, control your music playback and even check your heart rate. What’s cool also is that with a simple tap on the side of the watch and uttering the hot words “Ok Google,” you can start any voice command.
LG G Watch claims to be the first watch to make it onto the platform and is already available for purchase this week. Samsung Gear Live is the first device from Samsung to use Android Wear, as compared to the Tizen platform it used for its earlier Gear products. It is also already available for purchase since the other day. Moto 360 on the other hand has the distinction of being the first one to use the classic round-face for a smartwatch. It will be available in the market later this summer.