March 19, 2014

Google announces Android Wear

Google has announced their take on Wearables. Well this is not hardware, apparently, this is the software that wearables will be running on when OEMs will be making. Think of it as the Tizen OS Samsung used in their Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and the Gear Fit. But unlike Samsung's Tizen OS, Android Wear is still Android, only that it is optimized (or redesigned, if you may) to work seamlessly to Wearables. I should say, Google nailed this. With Google Now and their brilliance? This will definitely make Samsung's wearables look dumb. But then again, this is just a "concept" again, if you may. There is still no hardware for this. Motorola and LG might have announced their own smartwatches but they still can't actually demo them because Android Wear is still being developed. Nonetheless, this is awesome. Wait until you watch the video Google made to intro the said OS.

*taken from Android's official blog:

Android Wear: Information that moves with you
Today we’re announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. And we’re starting with the most familiar wearable—watches. Going well beyond the mere act of just telling you the time, a range of new devices along with an expansive catalogue of apps will give you:

    Useful information when you need it most. Android Wear shows you info and suggestions you need, right when you need them. The wide variety of Android applications means you’ll receive the latest posts and updates from your favorite social apps, chats from your preferred messaging apps, notifications from shopping, news and photography apps, and more.

    Straight answers to spoken questions. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions, like how many calories are in an avocado, what time your flight leaves, and the score of the game. Or say “Ok Google” to get stuff done, like calling a taxi, sending a text, making a restaurant reservation or setting an alarm.

    The ability to better monitor your health and fitness. Hit your exercise goals with reminders and fitness summaries from Android Wear. Your favorite fitness apps can give you real-time speed, distance and time information on your wrist for your run, cycle or walk.

    Your key to a multiscreen world. Android Wear lets you access and control other devices from your wrist. Just say “Ok Google” to fire up a music playlist on your phone, or cast your favorite movie to your TV. There’s a lot of possibilities here so we’re eager to see what developers build. 


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