The Web has been filled with buzz of the news of new Android watches and the new Apple Watch but I’m still skeptical as to whether these first iterations of Smartwatches will have the kind of sales Apple and Google are hoping for.
I do think wearable tech is the future. In fact, I owned a Pebble, Qualcomm Toq and Fitbit Flex and the thing that is the most valuable device is probably the Fitbit because it has solid features while the Pebble still needs useful apps as does the Qualcomm Toq.
I think as nice as these devices look and as pleasing as they are to consumers, that ultimately the price tag is not worth the feature list but if they become as powerful as a smartphone and have the same amount of apps then I think they will catch on.
That being said, I do not think smartwatches are anything but buzz right now regardless of what OS is running on them whether it be Android, iOS, Firefox OS, Ubuntu or others. I think we still need a couple years before this technology will be on par with smartphones and tablets and at a reasonable price point.
I felt like I had to write something on this after reading this article on OMG Ubuntu on the possibility of a Ubuntu powered smartwatch.