Gears have some ability to add steps taken, weather, but that's about it.
Market research firm IDC projects that from the end of this year to 2018, wearable shipments will increase nearly sixfold to 111.9 million units. Forrester Research, however, predicts that by 2016 the functionality of smartwatches and fitness bands will be absorbed by other devices such as smartphones and sensor-laden headphones.
(Samsung Gear watches, I mean)
He's talking about "glances" now, where you swipe up from below to see things.
Lynch: Glances allows you to swipe up from the bottom
These watch faces remind me, once again, of Apple's faces on the old iPod Nano. Very crisp and pretty. But the added data fields are new.
He swiped up to see his next meeting. Swiping side to side to get stock quotes, music playback, etc.
He just started Coldplay from the watch, playing on his phone.
Lynch: You may have information comign to you. When you're notified of things on your watch, uses haptic feedback to tap your wrist
Lynch: You can choose what information will come and notify you
He's talking about haptics as well, and it was mentioned earlier you can actually knock on someone else's wrist to get their attention.
Lynch: You might also get other notifications. Messages, for instance. Quick board to enable quick replies. We've actually analyzed the text coming in and picked out some things you might want to say
Okay, a notification just popped up. We're replying through the watch. Interestingly, it analyzed the text and is providing options based on the "A or B" pattern in the text.
You can also tap on a microphone to send a dictation. It'll send an audio recording or can do speech-to-text.
(for instance, Ive sends a message to lynch asking what song he'll sing at karaoke. The quick board actually lists some of the songs mentioned in the message that you can send as a quick response)
Oh, boy, animated emoji! It's a smiley face in 3D!
Quick replies, with pre-set messages, like what's on other watches from Google (Android Wear) and Samsung. But this sounds like it might be contextual.
Sending actual audio will be wonderful. Weirdly, you can't do that on other smartwatches, and dictation doesn't always work on other smartwatches.
Siri is here, no surprise. Press on the digital crown and speak to the watch.
Lynch asks what movies are playing in Cupertino. Can use digital crown or finger to scroll
Tapping on the showtime gives you the movie poster, a synopsis, and all local showtimes.
Apps are the spotlight on Apple's watch, obviously, vs Android Wear. Google's watch OS tends to push right to voice-based Google Now.
Lynch: We also looked at how you could carry your photos with you. we have a photos app here. Can see an overview much like on iPhone but can use digital crown to zoom in
Lynch mentions this being like a "locket" for photos, which is an interesting notion.
Only favorited photos will show up here, by default.
Lynch: One other app is Maps. It's amazing to have a Maps application on such a little device
You can pan just by tapping and dragging, rotate the crown to zoom out. It's quite smooth and fast.