Android smartwatches are not in a good place right now. Due to fizzling popularity and dwindling sales, Google last year made the decision to rebrand Android Wear as Wear OS, in hopes that this would help the company turn a new page with a more refined and competitive wearable operating system. The rebranding was a necessary move, considering that every third Android smartwatch was being paired with an iPhone, and reflects a broader trend at Google of removing the Android moniker from cross-platform services. But rebranding a product is one thing. Reinventing it is something else entirely.
Google could be working on a new way to interact with a smartwatch
Just looking at the Misfit Vapor—with its minimalist design and quirky dual-tone color schemes—we can see “Pixel” written all over it
We are merely speculating, but the exciting new feature Google is working on could be an improved control method for smartwatches. Wearables, with their limited screen real estate, are not exactly easy to control with a finger. That’s why Apple has the Digital Crown and Samsung has the rotating bezel – both input methods allow for effortlessly navigating the UI with minimal interaction with the actual display of the device.
Another interesting observation concerns the design of the Vapor watch. Google is known for sourcing talent from other companies to help with designing its in-house products, and the Pixel Watch could be no exception. Just looking at the Misfit Vapor—with its minimalist design and quirky dual-tone color schemes—we can see “Pixel” written all over it.