Android Watches: Generation Three Has Advantages

May 19, 2015 •

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Android watches are in their third generation now. While the Apple Watch’s recent release has been accompanied with plenty of fanfare, its youth is evident in a side-by-side comparison with Android. Here’s a look at five things you can do with Android watches that you cannot the Apple’s first-generation smartwatch.

Create Original Emojis

Emojis have come a long way from typed colons and parenthesis. The Apple Watch boasts animated emojis in 3D, but they’re still stock smilies. Only Android 5.1.1 lets you draw out your emotions and convert them to cute emojis. It’s also surprisingly accurate, even if you didn’t make it past sixth-grade art class.

Customize Your Watch Face

For a fully customized watch, you’ll have to go with an Android model. Currently, the Apple Watch comes with 11 faces. Additional “complications” and gold plating are only available if you have $10,000 to spend. In comparison, Google allows anyone to make and market Android watch faces, so there are a lot of great options to choose from!

Unlock the Screen with a Swipe

Both the Apple Watch and Android watches have screen locks, but Android models use the more recent pattern lock instead of a numerical passcode. To unlock an Apple Watch, you’ll need to type in the numbers. With an Android watch, it just takes a swipe.

Use with the Flick of Your Wrist

Smartwatches may be convenient to wear, but they still generally require two hands to use. Google’s slowly changing this by including the first version of wrist-flick controls. With a slight movement of your arm, you can flip Google Now cards. Although this feature isn’t quite perfect yet, Apple doesn’t include anything like its flagship Apple Watch.

Built-In Wi-Fi (Available on Some Models)

The Apple Watch is extremely limited if it’s not paired with a nearby iPhone, as are some Android watches. However, many Android watches feature Wi-Fi capabilities, give the ability to do much more without a nearby smartphone.

While the Apple Watch is full of promise, right now there’s a clear advantage to opting for an Android smartwatch – which is two generations older and full of useful features not yet available on the competing Watch OS device.