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Google unveils Android Wear: An OS for wearable devices


After monopolizing smartphones and tablets, Google is planning to conquer the wearable industry such as smartwatch and smartband. The announcement came a little while ago after months of rumors, Google has finally made available Android Wear Developer Preview for development and testing purpose.

The first step is aimed at developers, thanks to Developer Preview so that they can start building apps that adapt to the display of smartwatch. The Mountain View group will soon release APIs specifically designed to take advantage of all the services of the green robot. The search giant has also announced that it’s already working with organizations such as Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung as well as chipmakers such as Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, MediaTek and Qualcomm to accelerate the production.

“Most of us are rarely without our smartphones in hand. These powerful supercomputers keep us connected to the world and the people we love. But we’re only at the beginning; we’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s possible with mobile technology. That’s why we’re so excited about wearables—they understand the context of the world around you, and you can interact with them simply and efficiently, with just a glance or a spoken word.”

Apps represent the heart of the entire Android Wear project. It’ll provide a long list of services that are accessible via voice commands. Google has explained on the official blog 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.
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