Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Google announces Android Wear

On March 18th, 2014, Google announced Android Wear — a specialized version of Android designed to power smart-watches and other wearable products. Android Wear is designed to focus on timely information, delivered when it's most relevant. This means your Android Wear smart-watch will show your device's notifications and will also let you voice search and see your Google Now cards right on your wrist.

Google has also partnered with OEMs including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung, Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm — and fashion brands such as Fossil Group to launch Android Wear smart-watches later this year.

Google has also released a developer preview of Android Wear for developers to preview how the notifications will appear on both square and round Android wearables. The Developer Preview also includes new Android Wear APIs which will let developers customize and extend the notifications to accept voice replies, feature additional pages, and stack with similar notifications.

LG and Motorola have already announced their Android Wear smart-watches. LG announced G-Watch while Motorola announced Moto 360.

Now that Android has made its way to wearables, it will be interesting to see manufacturers launch their Android Wear powered wearables in the market later this year.

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