I don't have much of an opinion about Android Auto. From what I've seen, it looks slightly better than Apple's CarPlay, but it's still a bit awkward. I think perhaps this comes from the fact that car designers probably need to start working with the likes of Google and Apple more closely when engineering these aspects of a vehicle.
In terms of Android Wear...seeing it actually demonstrated, it's better than I expected. It's certainly much better than any smart watch interface design so far, I think, at least in terms of its philosophy and the way it interacts with the phone. Google have clearly thought through this idea of the smart watch being a new product category, and what that actually means in practice.
However, I still feel that smart watches are fiddling at the edges. Yes, there are some nice features here, and there's some added convenience. The way the watch passes data back and forth between watch and phone is very well done, as is the way it interacts with Google's new context-sensitive security features. Still, I can't imagine these devices as shown so far are going to really become a huge new product category in terms of sales.
I'll be very interested to see what Apple does in this space, for sure. They now know what Google is doing, and I think they have a clear opportunity to demonstrate a way forward.
Edited by Ingsoc - 6/30/14 at 4:03pm