Google Announces Android Wear – Its OS For Wearables

Google today announced Android Wear – the version of its Android mobile operating system designed for wearables such as smartwatches. Naturally, this form of Android follows the same principles as the one found on smartphones and tablets, which is to allow consumers easy access to information that are most relevant to users. For instance, the OS has the same voice-command functionality found on…



Google today announced Android Wear – the version of its Android mobile operating system designed for wearables such as smartwatches.

Naturally, this form of Android follows the same principles as the one found on smartphones and tablets, which is to allow consumers easy access to information that are most relevant to users. For instance, the OS has the same voice-command functionality found on the Moto X in which users simply say “Ok Google” to do a quick search or ask the OS to do something.

It also pulls contextual updates based on a user’s information including one’s location and email details. Moreover, it can also pull up notifications from apps on your phone including messages from Google Hangouts, social networks and even fitness apps.

Google has also now added a new section on the Android developer website for Android wear. Starting today, developers can download a Developer Preview so devs can tailor fit their existing apps with watches to be powered by Android Wear.

And speaking of watches, two manufacturers have already announced their products that will come with Android Wear. On one hand, we have Motorola with their classic-designed Moto 360 which according to Motorola should be available within next quarter. On the other hand, we have LG’s G-watch. Sporting a more squarish design in contrast to the Moto 360, the smartwatch is the fourth offspring of LG’s partnership with Google.

Details about the two watches’ specs are scarce but both are expected to be unveiled by next quarter so we should see more information in the coming weeks.

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