Android Wear: Google is Bringing OS to Smartwatches, Wearables

Android Wear: Google is Bringing OS to Smartwatches, Wearables

Developers will have a tailored version of Android for the wearable computing space to work with.

Smartwatch and wearable makers have been using Google's Android OS as a foundation for quite some time, but Google is now going to tailor the operating system for wearable tech on its own.

Android Wear is the name of the new program, which is already live at developer.android.com/wear. Developers can now tweak their existing apps and software for the mobile space, particularly when it comes to notifications.

So when should we expect new hardware born from the new program? Google is "already working with several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring you watches powered by Android Wear later this year."

You can read the full Android Wear blog post here.

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Smart Watches always seem cool- I like the idea of not having to fish out my phone every time it dings with a text or email- but with stuff like Google Glass and Galaxy Glass right around the corner, watches just feel kind of redundant. What can they provide that the glasses cannot also provide, but more conveniently?

Dear Smartwatch Designers:

* The time needs to be bigger and easier to see. It's a watch.

* If you can put Siri or something like it on a smartwatch, so that you can ask it questions and get verbal responses, that would be cool.

* Voice-to-Text right on your wrist is pretty cool. Making your watch into your actual phone would be even cooler (whether it's a Dick Tracey style thing or just with a good enough mic and speakers that it works if you hold your hand up near your ear.

* Include a voice-to-text notepad.

* If you also have to have a smartphone, tablet or other computer to program and use a smartwatch to best effect, the smartwatch isn't worth having.

* Why not just design a bracer to wear a smartphone in? That would make for a much better and more futuristic smartwatch.

* Stop saying wearable like it's a noun, you assholes.

--Morology!

I wear a watch so that I can tell the time wherever I am and not worrying about battery life. With something like this, that battery life is going to be at risk a lot more than a normal watch, no thanks.

Oh great, an even smaller screen to squint at than a smartphone's. Gotta run out and buy that...said everyone that also thinks touchscreens are great and Nickelback and Justin Beiber.

I don't know. It seems sort of useless, because watches are tiny. I'll stick with my smartphone.

 

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