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Android Wear deep-dive review: A smart start to smartwatch software

JR Raphael | July 10, 2014
Google's Android Wear platform is an impressive first step toward making smartwatches people will actually want to buy. Here's an in-depth look at where the software shines -- and where it falls short.

And that's an important point: Getting a Wear device isn't going to be like getting your first smartphone. When it comes down to it, Wear doesn't bring any new functions into your life; it merely gives you a more convenient way of handling the functions you already have. But by doing so, it creates an innovative type of interaction that's much more than the sum of its parts.

To be sure, Wear is in its infancy — and it's far from perfect. More apps need to be updated to work better when it comes to notifications on the watch interface and Google still has some kinks to work out in terms of the operating system itself. For an initial release, though, Wear gets a lot of things right — and gives us plenty of reason to be excited for the future.

So all considered, is an Android Wear smartwatch something most of us need? Not at all. It's very much an accessory — and a luxury one, at that.

But is it something many of us will enjoy? Absolutely.

And this is only the beginning.


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