Some news apps already have the capacity to deliver news notifications, or full articles, to smartwatches or eyewear such as Google Glass.
"We are going full speed on smartwatches," said
Raymond told AFP he expects people will find it useful to not only get headlines but full articles on a smartwatch as the wearable trend gains popularity.
"When the iPhone came out, people were saying that not one would read news on a phone. Now nobody is saying that," said Raymond. "People will read articles on a watch. They may not read 300 stories, but the thing is people adapt quickly to new technology," he added.
He said the newly introduced Android Wear platform for
These alerts fulfill a need of getting information out quickly and unobtrusively, whether it is a sports score, stock market figures or a breaking news story.
"Instead of digging around in your pocket for your smartphone, now you can just look at your wrist or glance up to your Google Glass," said Karachinsky. "It's a very transformative experience."
It remains unclear at the moment how fast wearable technologies will catch on, and how people will use the devices.
But he said smartwatches may gain more traction when they become independent enough to allow people to shed their phones.
Short items to drive readers to news sites
"The glanceability of it is important," Kay said. I don't foresee people squinting at their watches to read articles; they have enough trouble reading on their phones," he added.
Doctor said that major news organisations are now delivering millions of email alerts on important news for readers who register, and this drives more traffic to their websites. The same could be true for alerts on wearables.
"The news alerts business, which has been around for 20 years, is undergoing a huge revival," he said. "This is a technology that works well on smartphones and will be adapted for wearables," he added.
"People expect alerts for news that is important to them," Doctor said. "And I would think the ability of wearables to deliver these alerts could spur news reading," he said.
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