October 20, 2014

Android Wear smartwatch will need a paired smartphone to function

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Google’s Android Wear platform is something that has created a lot of excitement for the future of smartwatches, but one aspect that has been up for debate was if the Android Wear smartwatches, such as the Moto 360, will work standalone or will require a paired smartphone to function.

However, jn a recent video on the Ask a Dev YouTube channel, Android engineer Sagar Seth explained that Android Wear will only allow developers to add support for smartwatches to their existing apps.

“Remember one thing: it’s not a full-fledged application sitting on the wearable itself,” Seth says. “It is just notifications. It is making the information available when you need it.”

What this means is that whilst Android Wear will provide the tools necessary to create graphics and notifications for the new smartwatch platform, the smartwatches themselves don’t actually run standalone Android apps and will require a connection to a smartphone.