Though the reviews have been all over the map, Matt Asay thinks the Apple Watch - and presumably other smartwatches - has a bright future. How can he tell? Android phone data.
We may not call each other much anymore (voice has been in decline for years), but that doesn't mean we're not social. We're constantly chatting with others, as App Annie's report of Android smartphone usage shows. We just don't talk to people that happen to be in the same room with us, and we tend to talk in text.
Asay notes that the Apple Watch was built for communication, but not necessarily for authoring texts and tweets, even through Siri dictation. The phone is still a better creation device. That being said, if we are shifting from a "pull-based web" to a "push-based web", the Apple Watch makes sense for pushing the user contextual information rather than the user having to search for it. Asay quotes Drupal Founder Dries Buytaert.
The current Web is "pull-based," meaning we visit websites or download mobile applications. The future of the Web is "push-based," meaning the Web will be coming to us. In the next 10 years, we will witness a transformation from a pull-based Web to a push-based Web. When this "Big Reverse" is complete, the Web will disappear into the background much like our electricity or water supply.
Smartwatch apps are still in the early days. Most companies are trying to port apps from their phone counterparts, and the experience is less than ideal - as noted in another article by David Nield. But, apps like Uber - where ordering a car is one click away - feel very natural. It will be apps like this that create a more natural user experience, and then lead the Apple Watch to become the next iPhone, rather than iPad.
Source: Read Write