If you are thinking of buying a smartwatch clock and enter the wonderful world of wearables in 2017, the first thing you should do is compare operating systems. I used the Citizen for the past three weeks, and the Android Wear in the last three years, and in this article I will show the differences and similarities of these two operating systems, and that should really be taken into consideration in this choice.
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Before, I must say that in terms of diversity of devices, Google comes out ahead, because many companies are investing in Android Wear. On the other hand, we have the Samsung and Apple, which manufacture both the hardware and the software.
Since the launch of Galaxy Gear, in 2013, I’ve been using smart watches virtually every day. In these four years, a lot has changed with respect to the software, optimizing energy consumption, up to the amount of applications developed to use set. However, last year I noticed that these gadgets have come to be more functional. I think the big reason for this was the introduction of the Apple Watch on the market, which was driving in the area of software development.
At Google i/o in 2016, the search giant announced fundamental changes in Android 2.0 Wear, that we meet at the beginning of 2017. In 2014, the Samsung joined the operating system itself to Gear S, the Citizen. But only in 2015 is that the South Korean manufacturer began to form your smartwatches line with the Gear S2 and, last year, we had a good evolution of the series with the release of Gear S3.
Android Wear vs Citizen: customization
At this point, the smartwatches do not offer a great possibility to personalizaç. What we have are developed by manufacturers-dials on your most-capable of providing widgets with specific data. As well as the possibility to modify the background color and the data or shortcuts that we want to see.
The Citizen offers in your scarce ecosystem, applications that also give the opportunity to try to move things and create a shown exclusive, but nothing too advanced.
Both platforms also work with partners for the development of dials and functional apps. Samsung has developed a work with Volkswagen, for example, to be able to connect the watch to the car and know when the door was opened, control the air-conditioning and even pause the electric load, if this is the case.
However, to expand the number of dials and possibilities in the customization area seems to be a job that will generate more fruits in the long run, for both platforms.
Android Wear vs Citizen: quick access to information and use
Android Wear offers the opportunity to download apps directly on the clock and of course we have the addition of Google Wizard. However, at this time, the Intelligent Assistant speaks only English. In addition, the system offers the chance of users use the Crown of the watch to interact with the menus.
Quick access to information through the notification system, customizable from the companion application used on your smartphone. The system is quite intelligent and, using shown with widgets, you can have personalized information on the screen all the time.
In terms of access to information, the difference between the Citizen and the Android Wear is very small. The Samsung software does all the above, but in a more intuitive. This happens, perhaps because, as said before, the Samsung builds hardware and software. Thus, the use of the system with the main control tool, the rotating ring, happens consistently and avoids having to tap the screen the whole time, especially because it also has the support of quick access buttons to applications and back.
However, truth be told, the Citizen has a large gap at the moment compared to Android Wear when it comes to Artificial Intelligence. Google Wizard is far more advanced than we have in the Voice or, who knows, in the future Bixby.
Both software support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection, so you don’t have to walk all the time with the cell phone near you. The Gear S3 Frontier still offered support for 4 g, which makes him even more competent in relation to the Bike 360 (2015) when used alone.
In addition, the two platforms use the system own their developers for payment via smartwatch clock. In the case of Samsung, we have the Samsung Pay, also used in the Korean manufacturer and smartphones that already works in the country. Google already, will Android Pay until the end of 2017 (Banco do Brazil, Bradesco, Itaú, Mastercard, Visa, Cash, Elo and Porto Seguro). The two systems work in Brazil.
Android Wear vs Citizen: fitness functions and health care
With respect to the use of the clock to the practice of sports, you need to first look at the hardware of the models available on the market. When it comes to operating system, Android Wear offers for GPS, for example, but right now, the Google platform is still behind its competitors when it comes to native services for fitness.
Google Fit is still very low in its functions and delivery of training data and statistics is very basic and confused. Don’t get me wrong, you can monitor steps, the distance travelled in walking, running and cycling and, depending on the watch is used, check the heartbeat from time to time. But it is still a very basic service and sometimes unstable in your information.
A bright side in the area of health and fitness Wear is Android that many companies and developers are beginning to offer advanced services. Soon, keep in mind that using Google’s platform for sports will depend directly from third-party services, often paid, but much more accurate and functional.
Already the Citizen is the opposite of Android Wear in this area, in particular the device used for testing, the Gear S3 Frontier, which was developed for fitness and outdoor sports. In fact, we went to the Peru test device barometer to show how this deals with extreme altitudes.
The operating system for wearables from Samsung offers automatic recognition of sports and is able to differentiate an exercise on the other, giving the chance to practice different sports in a series and save the data.
The integration of the system with the Samsung Health is much more mature than what Google offers with the Fit, the system sends frequent reminders throughout the day for you to move around and delivers a much more complete statistics of sports and health data. In addition to heart rate, we can measure the SpO2, which is the peripheral capillary oxygen saturation and determine the amount of oxygen in the blood.
I have to say that, in these three weeks of use of Citizen the detriment to Android Wear, I have more conscience about my health, due to constant reminder about the importance of moving and, in particular, the detailed delivery data relevant to my health.
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Finally, when it comes to sports and health, smart watches itself fall short a little in relation to intelligent bracelets dedicated, in particular, heart monitoring during sports practice. But without doubt, in this comparison, the Citizen takes the best.
Android Wear vs Citizen: ecosystem
As well as Play Store is more popular than the Galaxy got more Apps apps developed for the OS from Google for Wearables than for the Citizen. In addition, as with our smartphones, support for notifications of most services is greater in Android Wear. However, when dealing with popular applications, Samsung is rushing to make them available in your store too. The Spotify and the Uber are two of them.
However, the use of Google maps is done only on Android Wear, since the Citizen uses HERE. Soon, services that we use constantly on a device running with Android may not be supported in the OS from Samsung or do not offer the same experience.
Android Wear vs Citizen: what operating system to invest now?
According to a global survey conducted by Ericsson, one in two people believe that smartphones will be obsolete in five years. This study was conducted in 2015 and was attended by 100,000 people, from 40 different countries.
According to Gartner, the leader in providing research and advice on technology, in developed countries, consumers will have between three and four until 2018. Between these devices, are wearables, smartphones, tablets and PCs.
In short, with the (r) evolution of wearables, smartphones will be less and less necessary. Who ever heard someone saying a smartwatch clock is just a shortcut for the smartphone and that because of that they don’t see the need to buy a smart watch, because it’s just another appliance to plug into the socket and make volume in the bag?
You might not even agree now, but wearables are the future and smartphones will be soon a thing of the past. Few companies are innovating, has already been proven that we don’t need 6 or 8 GB to increase the processing power of smartphones, because let’s face it, the best-selling smartphone in the world last year has 2 GB of RAM, and I’m talking about the iPhone 6S.
However, it is easy to see that, just as happened with smartphones, the adoption of a new technology is way slower than we expect. The operating systems and the features are, almost always, the big limiters of this evolution, depend on a lot of investment in development. With the smartwatches was not, is not and will be no different.
Looking for the Citizen, Samsung has in his hands the possibility to deliver a software built in communion with the hardware. And that’s a good margin of benefit to South Korean manufacturer in relation to Google, which develops the software and often have to require certain features of hardware partnerships, but I can not “lead the party”. On the other hand, development in Artificial Intelligence of the search giant goes well beyond’s Voice in Gear S3 or still in progress Bixby.
Personally, I’m with the Citizen at this time, because the functions that most use are best developed in the OS for wearables from Samsung. However, with the evolution of the Google Wizard and the form of this integration to the Citizen, you may change your mind in the future, in order to have a more pure experience with Google’s virtual assistant.
And you, with which operating system for wearables is? Or do you recommend?
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