Why a smartwatch won’t change the world

The LG G Watch is a very cool piece of tech, and along with Android Wear, has helped solidify the place of the smartwatch in the technology ecosystem, at least in my eyes. Despite this, I don't think the smartwatch will be the next big thing, it's not the first iPhone it's not going to change the world. The smartwatch isn't a revolution, but an evolution.

By Charlie Brown | Opinion

The LG G Watch is a very cool piece of tech, and along with Android Wear, has helped solidify the place of the smartwatch in the technology ecosystem, at least in my eyes. Despite this, I don't think the smartwatch will be the next big thing, it's not the first iPhone it's not going to change the world. The smartwatch isn't a revolution, but an evolution.

At the end of the day, a smartwatch isn't going to be a device for everyone. Not every smartphone user will have a smartwatch, I'd honestly be impressed if 50% of smartphone users had a smartwatch one day. I guess this comes down to the fact smartwatches don't do anything new. Sure, they let you read your email from the comfort of your wrist, and that's honestly been a useful feature, but you can read it on your phone too. Convenient, but not new. If you want to use your phone via voice activation, you can do already do that all three major platforms. Smartwatches just remove a step.

While smartwatches are great gadgets, as the G Watch has proved, they're not for everyone. Not everyone needs this heightened level of connectivity. In fact, it's become more and more common for people to try and "disconnect"; researchers are claiming Facebook could lose 80% of its users by 2017. Some cherish the ability to be constantly connect, to always be in the digital loop, while others disdain it. Smartphones can be used as little as user wants, but a smartwatch is imposing by its very nature. You can leave a phone on your desk while you do something else, but it's hard to ignore notifications on your wrist, even if you silence the notifications.

What I think the Android Wear gets right is that it doesn't try to be more than it needs to be. It seems Google were very conscious of no matter how smart a smartwatch gets, its still a watch. A smartwatch shouldn't make your life harder, it shouldn't add extra clutter. From the time we've had with the G Watch, it seems like Google have gotten this right. Even without making use of voice activated features, the G Watch achieves the goal of simplifying things. But whether this kind of "simplifying" is right for you depends if you want to dive deeper into our connected world, or cut off and disconnect.

Source: ABC News

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