Android Wear officially launched back in June 2014 and was met with mixed reviews. One of the things Google touted was their developer support they were seeing for the platform, and how this would lead to long-term success in the market. According to Android Central, there were 69 apps with Wear functionality on day one. There were some good apps in the bunch (Runkeeper, Hangouts, IFTTT, Evernote, and American Airlines stand out), but only 69 apps is a pretty paltry number. If you cruise over to WatchAware, you can check out 110 Apple Watch apps that developers are already showing off. And these are mostly from smaller developers; we still have hundreds of big name companies prepped to release their apps on day one as well.
I can’t find a complete list of all apps that support Android Wear presently, but I would not be surprised if the Apple Watch has more support on its launch day than Android Wear has been able to garner in its 10 months in the market. This is the Apple advantage, and this is what is going to set it apart from the other watch platforms on the market presently.
- If you know where I can find this, leave a comment and let me know! ↩