The time isn’t ripe for smartwatches – says Android Wear engineer

“The Apple Watch that you won’t be able to escape this week — in the flood of publicity leading up to its release — is likely to be many things: A best-seller by the standards of smartwatches, an evolution in the identity of Apple, and a watershed in the history of wearables,” Christopher Mims writes for The Wall Street Journal. “But it won’t, strictly speaking, be the future… Anyone who isn’t a self-described early adopter might want to avoid the entire category of wearables, at least for a few more years.”

“That’s my conclusion after talking to many of the people who will be most responsible for the immediate future of smartwatches and other wearable devices,” Mims writes. “‘Right now there is tremendous innovation in [display technology for smartwatches],’ says David Singleton, director of engineering for Android Wear, Google Inc.’s software for smartwatches. ‘Next year’s technology will be a step change from last year’s. And, if you asked me which will dominate in five years, I couldn’t tell you which will,’ he adds.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Is this article a joke? Is the WSJ proud of dung piles such as this? Even Walt, back when we was inserting the word “Android” every other word in his WSJ Apple iPhone reviews (forced to do so?) was leagues better than this.

Mims claims he talked to “many of the people who will be most responsible for the immediate future of smartwatches and other wearable devices,” but he lied.

He didn’t talk to Apple.

What a big surprise that the Android Wear doofus doesn’t get it! (dripping sarcasm)

Deer-in-the-headlights is waiting for his Apple Watch to arrive, so he can begin to do his actual job – cloning, not innovating.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “David E.” for the heads up.]

21 Comments

  1. Can’t make this stuff up.

    “You might want to hold off on those newfangled ‘talking movies'”, says early maker of a really shitty talking movie in around 1928.

    1. Love it! That’s about the level of logic and relevance behind this article. Our Google Gear did not sell well over the last couple of years, so it must not “be time” for wearables…

      Imagine the frustration at Google and Samsung when the Apple Watch sells more units in one weekend than the combined sales of so-called smart watches in all of history.

      Karma, the gift that keeps on giving.

    1. Just like I “adopted” the first iPhone on the first day.

      Sure, I knew I wouldn’t keep it much longer than the next new model, but so what? It’s real functional value was higher than the cost of the device.

  2. What a buffoon of an article.

    “But it won’t, strictly speaking, be the future. That’s not a knock against Apple Inc., or any of the other makers of smartwatches, whose devices are encumbered by the same design and technological limitations.”

    No moron it will be strictly the present. That’s a knock against you Christopher Mims as it goes to show that there are some people whom the watch just won’t be able to help. Don’t take it too bad, I’m sure that there are lots of jouranalist and analysts who can’t tell time or much else for that matter, so you are in good company.

  3. Android Wear FAILs. The Watch hasn’t been released yet. So of course Christopher Mims who writes for The Wall Street Journal concludes:
    Anyone who isn’t a self-described early adopter might want to avoid the entire category of wearables, at least for a few more years. (o_O)

    And then there will be the era AFTER the Watch is released. What insightful tech journalism words of wisdom will that inspire?

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