SyrupCast Ep. 106: The Super Bowl of Android Wear is coming



  • Smanny

    Patrick you were wrong when you said that Android Wear 2.0 is going to be able to run stand alone apps. Android Wear from day one could always run stand alone apps. However you had to have a phone send the apps to the watch.

    Android Wear 2.0 is now giving users the ability to install apps on the watch, without using a phone to install the apps. So now iOS users can easily install, and use the same apps as existing Android Wear users with Android smartphones.

    • That’s what I mean by standalone. With Wear, just like WatchOS 2 and 3, the phone does most of the processing. To me this is far from operating independently.

      While Wear 2.0 and WatchOS 3 still don’t feature completely standalone apps (give the utility of most smartwatches this isn’t possible), my understanding is that with both operating systems the watch now handles the bulk of the processing.

    • Smanny

      Android Wear can have two types of apps. Apps that run completely on the watch without the need to have anything run on the phone. Android Wear even allows standalone apps to even connect to the web via WiFi. Something Watch OS still cannot do. Android Wear can also have apps that are tied to existing regular Android apps.

      When Android Wear 2.0 arrives, users should also be able to use some existing regular Android apps that are found on Google’s play store. Naturally not all apps will work, because their is screen and input limitations as well.

      Watch OS is still reliant on the phone to handle any data that is needed, and perform any outside communications. This has not been the case with Android Wear since WiFi was supported.

    • Thanks for the heads-up about Wi-Fi funcionality, I wasn’t aware of that with Android Wear. Though I believe that’s something WatchOS is capable of as well, though I think only for notification purposes.

  • Shogun

    Only in Canada would people be so insecure as to rave on about whether Canadian vs. American ads get aired during a football game. It’s just another example of how silly this country can be and the inferiority complex.

  • danakin

    This week’s show is again hosted by Igor, with regulars Patrick, Rose and Jessica.

    Right off the top the introductions, no doubt an attempt to add whimsy to the proceedings, fell a little flat. It’s as if the podcast crew is trying a bit too hard and it comes off as unnatural.

    In keeping with the gridiron theme of the podcast’s initial missive, QB Igor was strip-sacked by English 101 when “distraughtful” was offered up in lieu of “distressing”.

    The first segment was a discussion on the recently updated (by the CRTC) allowance for Canadian broadcasters to simultaneously substitute American commercials for Canadian content. Collectively the podcasting foursome fumbled the ball again when, a simple search (or being prepared) would have indicated that was this year’s Super Bowl broadcaster FOX, not NBC. Journalism 101.

    The podcasters managed to dust themselves off from the shaky start to deliver a solid, informative segment. Rose and Jessica’s insights into the CRTC decision and its impact on Bell was an example of the writers adding value to the discussion and in turn making for compelling programming. When the subject of the Globe and Mail article came up I was left wondering if there’s any residue from when Bell and the Globe were under the same media umbrella. Overall, a very fine segment.

    The show’s second segment dealt with the upcoming release of Android Wear 2.0. The group briefly touched on their mixed feelings on the usefulness of wearables. This was clearly a lighter subject than the previous segment as it has less of a bearing on the Canadian economy and everyone involved managed to keep things moving and light. The high point of this discussion was when the merits of the current wearable offering’s usability paradigm were examined. It concluded with a fine question of where they are in their life cycle vs. smartphones and if, in the end, wearables will someday be implanted (pun not intended). Of course it would beg another question: would an implanted wearable still be a wearable? Is a pacemaker a wearable?

    Igor’s heartfelt shoutout hit a strong note and was wonderfully executed.

    This week’s show gets a 8.2 SMSPR (Subjective MobileSyrup Podcast Review) score.