Apple Watch v/s Android Wear

Apple Watch on the left (Apple.com) and Android Wear's Moto 360 on the right (Android.com)

Apple Watch on the left (Apple.com) and Android Wear's Moto 360 on the right (Android.com)

This comparison was imminent and here it is. There were a couple of interesting articles that sums up this space as of today. The first one was on techhive, comparing skeletal feature sets of the two. I like the conclusion on how Android Wear is or can be better than Apple Watch and it nails the basic difference between Apple and Google as a technology company. Apple wants the users to be in control of its technology and Google wants its technology to not necesarrily to control its users but guide its users more automatically than Apple, like Google Now learning your habits and predicting what you would want to see, without your intervention. While this might freak some people, it is actually very futuristic. Apple on the other hand still does this kind of AI based learning (as the new Health App on the Apple Watch learns users' pattern with time to get better in analyzing the results), but the line is drawn much towards the user than the machine, in Apple's case. 

Clearly, the Apple Watch’s capabilities and design go beyond what Google has done with Android Wear. But in a way, that’s an advantage that Google can exploit. While the Apple Watch has lots of ideas and several interface layers to dig through, Android Wear is meant to require very little interaction, providing useful information at just the right time.
— TechHive

The second article comes from The Verge and it talks about how both Google Wear and Apple Watch essentially only tie users more to each company's ecosystem and its not good for consumer choice. This is a very tricky claim to emphasize as "choice" and "open" in the field of consumer technology do not necessarily mean anything. Also these technology companies are not NGOs or non-profit organizations that work for the welfare of the people free of cost. They are public companies that need to answer to their millions of share holders and even if they feel a little too benevolent suddenly one day, it is just another way to make more money eventually. So claiming Apple should make a Watch that works the same with the iPhone and a Windows Phone, makes no sense at all. It might also be close to impossible to that, knowing how different iOS and Windows Mobile for example are programmed and work. So as a middle ground between the technology companies and the consumers, we can only demand that the technology companies deliver on what they promise that their newest and the greatest gadget can do and as a consumer make a well researched decision on which ecosystem you want to be part of. That is the technology landscape we have on hand right now and we better learn to live with it. After all its not that these two ecosystems (Apple and Google) are similar in the ways they behave to make this decision that difficult for a potential new costumer. Each ecosystem has its own unique advantages and pitfalls and these are mostly complimentary to each, making the decision even more simpler! 

The close working relationship between smartwatch and smartphone ties down user choice in another way. If you really fancy the look of the Moto 360, you’ll want to combine it with an Android handset to make the most of Google’s ecosystem. The same is true of the Apple Watch and iPhone: they’ll work great together and fall apart when they are, well, apart. Windows Phone and BlackBerry users aren’t being served by these devices at all.
— The Verge