The first Android Wear smartwatches are up for pre-order and they look pretty impressive. Google seems to have done a great job bringing contextually aware app notifications and voice search commands on it. But there is one major shortcoming that both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live smartwatches suffer from and it could be the deal breaker for many buyers, who are willing to spend Rs 15,000 and more on them. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: Report
The first generation Android Wear smartwatches suffer from the same problem as last year’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch from Samsung. Both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live offer just one day of usage on a single battery charge. This means users will have to put them on charge every night. Neither of the two smartwatches come with a charging port and need a separate cradle that users will have to carry along with them, which is a pain. During the fortnight I used the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch, my biggest fear was losing the tiny charging cradle while traveling. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year
In order to solve the battery backup situation, Samsung had moved away from Android and used Tizen instead in its second-generation Gear smartwatch but Google doesn’t really have that option. It remains to be seen how quickly Google can find a solution to power management woes, considering it is unlikely for battery technology to change anytime soon.
Having said that, the use case for Android Wear is really tempting for me to not pre-order one of these smartwatches, though I’ll most probably end up waiting for the Motorola Moto 360 to launch. In the meanwhile, here’s a demo video of Android Wear in action.