The first limitation is probably one of the most frustrating, it is not possible to download and add any more Android Wear apps to the watch. Apple will not allow a second App Store so adding more content to the watch is impossible.
Putting that to one side I can honestly say that the last two weeks with the watch have not been too disappointing. I set up push notifications for all my key apps so was quickly getting all my notifications on my wrist. I could live with the inability to interact with the notifications other than dismissing them.
Before I explain my fairly big disappointment it is important to know how the watch pairs with a new iOS or Android device. To add a new phone or tablet you have to perform a factory reset of the watch. It is not possible to have more than one device synced at a time. Performing a factory reset erases everything from the watch including all the analytic data saved by the Moto Body app.
Last night apple pushed out an iOS update which I dutifully did this morning. Post update I found I was unable to connect my watch to the phone. It took me a few minutes of thinking before I realised that the reason it wouldn't connect was because the watch thought it was a new device.
I then had to go through the setup to pair a new device and before long I had my notifications streaming in to me. Later in the morning I went to see how my steps were going towards my new and challenging target set by Moto Body. It was at this moment I noticed that all my analytics had been lost. Of course they had been lost, I had performed a factory reset of the watch.
Very disappointed by this ...
My hopes for further updates
- Apple come to some agreement with Google to allow access to Android Wear apps to be installed on the watch.
- Future updates of the Android Wear app allow local saving of Moto Body data
Before we go any further I need to mention something very important. I don’t own an Android device so the 360 is now paired with my iPhone 6. Despite being an enormous Apple fanboy - I actually wanted an Android watch over the Apple watch.
My first review looks at what the watch can do when connected to an iOS device. I am not going to specifically think about the Android Wear apps here, I will do that in the next blog post.
With the recent introduction of the Android Wear app for iOS and the update to allow devices to connect the future does look good for wearable tech and smart watches ....
What can you do?
The Android Wear app allows you to display all notifications on the watch. Other than limited reply options with Gmail there are no further functionality with the notifications.
Music and podcasts can be controlled by the watch with play / pause / forward / back skip and volume controls. The current track and album name is displayed on the screen.
Phone calls can be answered but with the lack of speaker you can’t hear what is being said!
Overall, there is very limited functionality and additional apps can not currently be installed.
This does pose a very important question - is it worth buying a £220 watch which essentially only shows you iOS notifications and has the Android core functionality? I would say yes. At the moment I am getting around 15 hours battery life which is very good, the style and design are beautiful and it is a circular watch face which I wanted.
If you are looking for the rich Apple watch experience then this may not be the best option.