“Remember that feeling when you first dreamed up an app, mocked or even coded it up, and ran it on your Android phone?” Nurik wrote. “It was that same feeling all over again, but amplified, because you were actually wearing your app.”
Using mock ups from an undeveloped Google Glass app, the men were forced to consider new environmental restrictions, like a minimized screen, differing display shapes, battery life, and content prioritization.
“Designing for Android Wear is pretty different from designing for the desktop, phones or tablets,” Nurik said. “Just like Glass, you really need to think carefully about the information and actions you present to the user.”
Google in March unveiled Android Wear—an extension of the company’s popular Android mobile operating system. The platform relies heavily on the “OK Google” voice assistant feature, which allows the wearer to ask a question, set a reminder, or complete an activity (send a text, call a taxi, make a dinner reservation).
The OS also boasts the ability to monitor personal health and fitness, as well as control music on your phone or cast a movie to your TV via Chromecast.
Expected to be a hot topic at the June 25-26 Google I/O conference in San Francisco, Android Wear is available now to download as a Developer Preview.
For more, see Android Wear Smartwatches Still Have a Lot to Prove.
I/O attendees may want to keep an eye out for an Android logo with a new font, as well. Based on a leaked LG G Watch boot animation video, the Web giant is testing a modernized version of the operating system title.
Google did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.