Why Apple Inc. Needs Its iWatch Sooner Rather Than Later

Earlier this week, Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) officially announced a new version of Android that will be specifically tailored for smart watches, called Android Wear. This represents a direct move from the search giant into the market of wearables outside of its Google Glass project. But with investors widely expecting Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) to launch its iWatch later this year, as CEO Tim Cook has consistently promised to enter "new product categories" in 2014, how might Android Wear affect the iWatch's prospects?

In this segment from Friday's Tech Teardown, host Erin Kennedy and Motley Fool tech and telecom bureau chief Evan Niu look at the battle between Apple and Google's Android over the nascent smart watch and wearables market. With Android as the first mover on this, it may establish a lead with developers and apps, and the diversity of Android smart watches versus Apple's likely one or two iWatch models may represent another popular advantage among consumers.

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  • Report this Comment On March 22, 2014, at 8:44 AM, DKRIEB wrote:

    I'm sure that they tested these designs for consumer appeal but I personally don't like their appearance. I prefer both form and function but to me the watch has to have some aesthetics. Take a look at the SEIKO perpetual calendar watch which automatically adjusts for time zones while a bit pricey they look great while delivering all of the function that I need. If AAPL can come up with a design that looks good instead of a cheesy square or round piece plastic with a screen, I'm not wearing something that yells "look at me, I'm a geek".

  • Report this Comment On March 24, 2014, at 10:23 AM, aardman wrote:

    No, Apple needs to release wearable devices when they are good and ready. That means the designs have been completely and meticulously thought out, the production line has been properly set up, partners are ready to go with the peripheral apps, marketing channels are primed, retail outlets are lined up, and the whole iCloud ecosystem has been upgraded for the new devices.

    And when the devices are introduced all these early birds from Samsung, Google, etc. will look like the haphazard, quick-and-dirty, panic-driven, thoughtlessly designed stopgap pieces that they are.

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