Android Wear opens up smart watch apps to developers.
If there was ever any doubt that Google wanted to be a part of the wearable technology action, the company just announced Android Wear, an altered version of its mobile operating system just for wearables. The Developer Preview gives app creators an idea of how to alter their offerings for smart watches that should be available before the end of the year.
The new operating system means you will be able to receive social media updates, messaging alerts, and notifications from countless other popular apps right on your wrist. You can also use the phrase “Ok Google” to access voice commands and ask simple questions. These particular functions come courtesy of Google Now, the company’s intelligent personal assistance.
On top of smart reminders, Android Wear is expected to provide you with multi-screen functionality. You could launch music on your phone or open a specific window on your computer. As the number of compatible devices increases, so too will the potential applications.
Fitness is what people want to know when it comes to wearables, and Google’s smart watch will be no exception. Get real-time speed, distance and time information on your wrist for your run, cycle or walk.
Apart from manufacturing partners such as LG, Motorola, and Samsung, Google also announced that it will work with Fossil and “other fashion brands” to ensure the watches are aesthetically pleasing.