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Will responsive work on smartwatches?

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apple watchSmartwatches are now becoming more widespread. Apple recently launched its version of the smartwatch, the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch joined the ranks of a growing number of smartwatches with many of the features of smartphones and other mobile devices.

As these devices become more common, many in the web design community are looking at how responsive will work on smartwatches. Will responsive design work? Right now, there is no definitive answer.

Smartwatch technology is still very new. Currently, many smartwatches are capable of running mobile apps and some even function similarly to a smartphone. However, in order for responsive to work, it is going to need to be simplified even more.

In response to smartwatches, developers will need to create responsive web designs that perform optimally on an even smaller scale than they currently do. This will mean innovations in user interfaces and responsive design elements.

Right now, the market is still very new. Developers need to consider screen resolutions, operating systems and other limitations to developing a consistent responsive design for smartwatches.

Early adopters of smartwatches will likely have to deal with a sluggish start as developers catch up to the technology. Currently, smartwatches seem to supplement smartphones and have limited functionality. In the future, however, it is easy to foresee an optimized browsing experience for smartwatch users by virtue of responsive design.

Right now it is a blank canvas for developers to work on. What challenges do you foresee in responsive web design for smartwatches?

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