TextMe continues to explore new boundaries four years later and is now headed to the new Android Wear platform that was recently announced at Google’s I/O conference.
Android Wear provides new APIs that allow developers to create apps for smartwatches and other wearable devices in order to allow users more flexibility when it comes to staying connected to their friends and family through their favorite apps. TextMe decided to be among the first messaging apps to take full advantage of this new market.
“We view our mission as doing anything we can to remove barriers that get in the way when you want to communicate”
“We view our mission as doing anything we can to remove barriers that get in the way when you want to communicate with your friends and family,” TextMe Co-Founder and CTO Greg Kokanosky said about the new app. Having TextMe on the Android Wear platform indeed goes quite far toward achieving this goal.
TextMe says it chose to focus on two areas to help users make the most out of the TextMe experience on Android Wear devices:
1.Deal with Incoming Calls from your watch : how many times have you missed an important call because your phone was in your bag, on your desk ? Well, with TextMe on Android wear, you will be able to see your incoming calls on TextMe on your watch. From the watch, you will be able to decline or accept a call and potentially tell your friend : ‘’I am in a meeting, I ll call you right back’’ directly from the watch, without pulling your smartphone.
2. Receive and send Stickers directly from your watch : Many of you love sending stickers from TextMe to all your friends. You keep telling us stickers are a great way to share an emotion or a joke, with no need for words. Well, with TextMe on Android Wear, if you receive a sticker, it will be directly display on your watch, and you will even be able to respond with a sticker, directly from the watch.
This is, of course, just the beginning, both for TextMe and the smart wearables industry. Both Apple and Microsoft are also working on their own wearable devices, so it will be interesting to see how the technology evolves, both from a hardware and a software perspective.