Android Wear 2.0 review: Google’s second swing at smartwatches

Android Wear 2.0 is also buggier than it should be, especially given the fact that it had an extended public beta period and its launch was delayed by months. Beyond them taking a long time to launch, it can be hard to tell when an app is actually launching, because the screen will flicker back to the list of apps before it will launch the one you just tapped. The Google Assistant also crashed often, forcing me to repeat my inquiry multiple times (or more likely, I just get frustrated with it and pull out my phone).

The changes and improvements look decent, but if you don’t first get the above things right, they’re all for naught. When will software makers learn that performance – especially UI responsiveness – is the single most important part of a consumer-oriented device?

Not that it matters to me – for some mysterious reason, these new watches won’t be coming to The Netherlands. They’re coming to the rest of Europe – just not The Netherlands. The Google Pixel is also still pretty much sold out in the two or three countries where it’s supposedly available, with no indication they’re ever going to be available elsewhere.

Here’s a tip, Google: if you want to be a successful hardware maker, maybe make sure interested consumers can actually, you know, buy your stuff?


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