Headroom from Apple and Google for Development of Wearables

by Joe on August 18, 2014 in Apple, News

Apple and Google for Development of Wearables
The Introduction of Wearables

Earlier this year, the world was loosely introduced to a widespread variety of devices known as wearables. These physical input/output delivery systems were, at the time, in a beta-like state. At the time, so many wearables were extremely conceptual with most lacking the final touches consumers have come to expect. Where’s it all headed, now that development has been driving on strong over the past year?

This time, the next generation of wearables has stirred the digital community in the right direction. Some of the biggest players involved, namely Google and Apple, have shown developers a sneak preview of the direction which development has taken. Some of the key systems to both Android and Apple OS are being modified to implement a smooth transition for consumers and developers. The developer conference showed how the new implementations will allow for a rich variety of data streams to integrate smoothly with wearables.

A Shift in Momentum for Development: Headroom

The news of mainstream development leads a new form of momentum needed by the smaller developer community. Independent developers can now delve more freely into the programing and schematics of wearables without risking compatibility issues. The new focus and attention being placed on data streams will allow for more headroom for development as programming issues will be prioritized as the top-most issue.

The new headroom given to developers has allowed for some incredibly innovative ways to integrate the new forms streamlined data streams. For instance, users can expect to have basic access to on the fly status and social networking updates, but can also expect vast improvements to other functions as well. Apple has planned to make a tighter integration with the wearables, so far as to make the transition fluid between their mobile iOS and Mac OS devices. Users can expect to take full advantage of widgets and other OS features regardless of platform.

Discrete Level Notifications

On the other side of the digital spectrum is Google. Many anxious, yet excited developers have praised the company for what is begin called Android “L,” their latest implementation of the Android OS. Features such as discrete level notifications, non-disruptive or “heads-up” mode which allows notifications to slowly pop-up into the lock screen area will be observable in the next generation OS. Another key component to Android L is the new notifications ranking system designed by Google. The new system allows Android OS to intelligently detect which notifications to display, primarily due to the limited amount of display space.

The biggest reason for this new shift in development is so users can get the right delivery of data at precisely the right time. Developers have honed into this exact need in the form of wearable technology. Now that both sides of development are hyper-focused on making reality out of plans, a new era of super-fast on the spot notification systems and devices is undoubtedly underway. As long as Google and Apple stay on track with App development plans, and balance that with consumer needs, there’s no doubt the shift into wearable technology will be a smooth transition.

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