What Your Favorite Websites Look Like on a Smartwatch

Daniel Bean
Assistant Editor
Yahoo Tech
Facebook on an Android watch
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Facebook on an Android watch

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You knew it would happen: Someone made a Web browser for smartwatches running Android Wear, Google’s operating system for the wrist.

The app is called Wear Internet Browser, and it can be installed via Google’s Play store. I tried it out. In lieu of a review, I thought I’d present a taste of what some of your favorite sites look like on an Android Wear smartwatch.

You obviously won’t be able to interact with these images from the comfort of your home office, but you’re not missing out on much; I loaded the actual sites onto my actual watch, and I could hardly interact with them, either.

Here’s the Web browsing experience on the smartwatch, as of right now.

Obviously, Google.com loads fine. You can’t type in any search queries or anything. But it loads fine.

Google on an Android watch
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Google on an Android watch

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Reddit on a smartwatch: not a total train wreck!

Reddit on an Android watch
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Reddit on an Android watch

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Twitter actually seems like one of the best websites to browse on a smartwatch. Small screen + 140 characters or fewer = fits like a glove.

Twitter on an Android watch
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Twitter on an Android watch

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You can’t post or comment, but this is what Facebook on a smartwatch looks like.

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BuzzFeed on a smartwatch: for those times you really need an amusing listicle but don’t want to reach into your pocket for your phone.

BuzzFeed on an Android watch
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BuzzFeed on an Android watch

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Looking good, CNN! Though, to be fair and balanced, we couldn’t get FOX News to load, either. And The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and ESPN all gave us blank, white screens, too.

Android watch with white screen
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Android watch with white screen

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Loading full images was a cumbersome process, but the Imgur website was usable. And some GIFs even played!

Imgur on an Android watch
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Imgur on an Android watch

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No, I couldn’t get any YouTube videos to play. Don’t be silly.

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Countdown until Jeff Bezos launches the Fire Watch. Amazon’s store will no doubt function better on that device.

Amazon on an Android watch
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Amazon on an Android watch

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Though we didn’t dare attempt to place bids on any auctions, eBay was quasi-smartwatch-accessible.

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And, finally, here’s our beloved Yahoo Tech home page, chopped to smithereens by the confines of the tiny screen.

Yahoo Tech on an Android watch
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Yahoo Tech on an Android watch

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So: Web browsing on a watch isn’t quite ready yet. What can you use these smartwatches for? David Pogue has the answers in his review of the Samsung Gear Live and LG G watches

Have questions, comments, or just want to tell me something funny? Email me at danbean@yahoo-inc.com.