Google Unveils 'Android Wear' Platform For Smartwatches

Google has announced 'Android Wear', it's new platform for wearable devices.

The project is designed to make it easier for manufacturers like LG, Motorola, Asus, Samsung, HTC and others to make smartwatches, wearable glasses and other gadgets.

Google said the SDK could be available to any developer wanting to build a wearable device on its platform.

Some of the concepts in its videos show curved and circular smartwatches - a big change from the brick-like devices we've seen so far.

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:

Google listed the key features of Android Wear as follows:

  • 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."