Apple’s WWDC keynote may have left us without the iWatch, but rival Google’s IO conference later this month is already promising plenty on the wearable front.
In fact, Google seems so amped on its Android Wear platform that it’s already showing two devices, the LG G Watch and Moto 360, in action, teasing what they can do and what apps on their smaller screens will look like.
Roman Nurik and Timothy Jordan, a pair of design and developer advocates on Android Wear, took to the Android Developers Blog to talk up – and show off – the work they’re doing designing apps on prototypes of the wearables.
Using a walking tour app Nurik cooked up for a Google Glass design sprint as a launching point, the two started creating mock-ups for the round-faced Moto 360 and square-jawed G Watch. Instead of using voice commands to launch the app, the partners imagined walking tour suggestions cropping up as wearable wearers went about their day, relying on contextual awareness to make send the appropriate notifications.
Context is king
The two also discussed the challenges of designing for smaller screens, with rounded ones seemingly more difficult. However, Nurik and Jordan said while working in a constrained space was challenging, it forced them to find the most effective way to deliver information.
In addition to the walking tour mockups, the duo also toyed with an Android Design Preview tool that lets users mirror part of computer screens to a connected Android device, in this care the Android Wear wristers.
The big takeaway from Nurik and Jordan’s post is that Android Wear devices will rely heavily on contextual information to pull up relevant information.
Their walking tour app is a perfect example of a function the wearables can perform that keys into the wearer’s surroundings and what they’re doing (or could be doing) at that very moment.