Google Announces 'Android Wear'

Google Announces ‘Android Wear’


I’m one of those “weirdos” who still wears a watch even though Iv’e got a perfectly good cell phone in my pocket to tell me the time. What can I say, I still like watches and I don’t mind having to look and see where the little hand and the big hand are to see if I’m late for an appointment.

However, I am very interested in all of the wearable tech, including watches, that seems to be heading our way. And that goes double for what Google announced this week. It’s a new SDK called Android Wear and damn if it doesn’t look pretty cool.

It’s basically Google Now and provides you with information as you need it or as it happens in a card-style format. The company is starting with watches, but you can imagine other products not far behind.

Here’s some other highlights of Android Wear:

• 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.

Google is already working with manufacturers Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung, along with chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek, and Qualcomm. Fossil may make the first watches available later this year.

To see Android Wear in action, check out the videos after the break.

  • Alex Fox
    June 17, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Joe, I would not agree with you. Calling people who wear normal watches weirdos is not correct. In my opinion, those who wear smartwatches dever that name more. I can’t see why people would by such a device – it is useless. It is only a stylish accessory to impress your friends. Yes, things are improving a bit now since Apple announced WatchOS 3. Probably, the will finally attract some developers. But as for today, they still seem frustrated – the develop for iPhones, iPads, but still feel reluctant to build WatchOS apps, see it for yourself here. There are no useful or entertaining apps that I would like to use. Android smartphones face the same challenges. If you do not trust me, then trust The Guardian – I have recently read a post there from a guy who decided that smartwatches are useless, you can read it here.
    On the other hand, Business Insider predicts a steady growth of wearable devices sales, so smartwatch may have a bright future ahead.

    • lilyroselondon
      August 5, 2016 at 3:31 am

      Hi, Alex. I totally agree with you. Weirdos are those who wear smartwatches. That is a useless gadget that people wear to show off. Although, the Watch OS3 has some
      nice features, so probably there is a future for that technology. Taking into account the current state of things, it is not surprising that companies that provide software development for your team ignore smartwatch, it is not a business tool. Maybe it will be, but not yet.

  • Citronjaune
    March 19, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I love those gadgets, so excited !