Thursday, 20 March 2014

Google announces the Android wear: The future of smartwatches is here



Google has surprised the tech world with their announcement of the Android Wear, a platform for wearables like smartwatches, at the Game Developers Conference(GDC) 2014. It is an android based platform which utilizes Google now and voice search in a convenient way for the small screen, it also brings all your notifications on your Wear powered wearable.

Announced devices and the SDK

Google has also said that manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Asus, LG and Motorola will create devices based on the Wear platform. LG and Motorola have already jumped the Wear bandwagon with their respective announcements of the LG G Watch and the Moto 360. Something we look forward to is the Moto 360 as it is one sexy beast!
The LG G Watch
The Moto 360

Google has also launched a preview SDK for enthusiastic developers looking to see how it looks.

Features

While we still don't know of any hardware specifications, we do know some features which will be very useful.
  1. Google Now gives you the cards of things you use just like you do in the phone
  2. You can see and open notifications from your phone using Wear
  3. You can reply to messages using the increasingly accurate Google Voice typing
An animation showing some features of Android Wear

Availability

We will be seeing Android Wear devices this summer starting with the G Watch and Moto 360

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