Google has it’s hands firmly dipped in the mobile market with Android, they’re tackling the augmented reality market quite publicly with Google Glass and now they’ve released Android Wear.
- It’s a SDK (Software Development Kit), that means developers have a platform like Android to build their apps and release wearable devices such as watches, heart rate monitors etc.
- It will allow developers and manufacturers to create wearables that adhere to guidelines like Android, essentially a platform
- It will sync with your devices via Bluetooth
- It’s highly contextual, it’s based on Google Now, it’s aimed at giving the user quickly glanceable information when it’s relevant
- It’s interface is controlled by gestures and voice
- It’s aimed at also monitoring your health and fitness
See the video below so that you can get a good idea of what you can expect from it
Before you get too excited, this isnt a device. Although it’s likely that Google will release a device which is made by a 3rd party much like the Nexus program.
Motorola’s Moto 360 and the LG G Watch are the first devices that are using Android Wear. Details are far and few, right now all we know is that they will be released in the summer.
Of Course smart watches are nothing new at the moment, ever since Apple was rumored to release a smart watch. Many other manufacturers have jumped into the wearables market. Most of them aimed at the fitness market. Check out this list by Engadget. The most famous of which right now are Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Pebble.
So keep a look out for these around the end of the year because there will be a whole host of new wearable tech that’s using Android Wear. It’s definitely an exciting time!