The popular company behind Pocket, which lets you save articles for reading later and operates under the same name, is already working on software for Google’s brand new Android Wear platform. Android Wear will power a new generation of wearables, and heavy hitters such as LG and Motorola have already confirmed that smartwatches running the OS will launch later this year. Of course, any good hardware isn’t great without software. That’s where developers come in, and Pocket already has some ideas of what it can add to our wrists.
“Up until now, smartwatches have been focused solely on delivering short notifications,” Pocket argued on its bloig recently. “Yet what’s been missing is the ability to quickly act on that information by saving or sharing it.” The company thinks it can change that scenario with Android Wear. It says it hopes that owners of new wearables powered by Google’s platform will soon be able to save notifications, like tweets, news alerts and emails to Pocket – all from your wrist.
“Imagine your friend sends you an interesting article,” the company asks. “Your Android wear smartwatch gets an alert and you think, “Hmm, I’d really love to read that on my commute later.” You swipe, and an action pops up to save to Pocket. In a single tap, the article immediately becomes accessible in your list for whenever you have the time to go back and read it.”
Pocket already has a prototype GIF detailing how such a system might look, but admits that the idea is still very much a work in progress since the Android Wear SDK is still only in a preview stage for developers. We’re curious, though – with the Pebble already a popular device and more than 400,000 units sold, can Pocket do the same thing with Pebble OS? Either way, at least we know there’s developer interest for Android Wear, and it’s especially intriguing to see that developers are considering use-case scenarios that don’t currently exist.
Here’s a GIF of what Pocket has in mind: