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Google is ready to take on smartwatches

With the smartphone and tablet markets reaching saturation, it appears that wearable technology is the next battlefront. Sony has dabbled in this market for quite some time with its first and second generation SmartWatch, while Samsung largely failed with its Android-based, first generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Samsung, however, is looking to right the ship with the more efficient, Tizen-based Gear 2.
 
And we can’t forget that heavy-hitters like Apple and Microsoft are also rumored to be testing the waters when it comes to wearable technology.
 
Not to be left out, Google wants to make sure that it is poised to take advantage of the burgeoning market. Today, the search giant announced its Android Wear initiative that represents an Android-based mobile operating system specifically tailored for wearable devices — namely smartwatches.


 
Android Wear will provide users with access to the vast catalog of Android apps and will accept voice commands similar to those used on the Moto X and Google Glass. For example, users can simply say “Ok Google” to send a text, make reservations at a restaurant, or even pull up calendar information.
 
Naturally, Android Wear provides a platform for health and fitness monitoring in real-time. Google has also opened up a new Developer Preview site to allow developers to modify their existing applications to be compatible with the Android Wear platform.

 
The first announced product to embrace Android Wear is the LG G Watch that will launch in Q2 according to Engadget. "The opportunity to work with Google on LG G Watch was the perfect chance for LG to really pull out all stops in both design and engineering," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO of LG's Mobile Communications division. "We're confident that a well-designed device has the potential to take the smart wearable market by storm."


LG G Watch [Image Source: Engadget]
 
Other device manufacturers that will jump on the Android Wear bandwagon include Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung along with chipmakers like Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm.

Sources: Google, Engadget



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RE: I dont get this push
By venym76 on 3/18/2014 1:15:44 PM , Rating: 2
I believe the push is that eventually the only phone you have is the one on your wrist. By pushing companion devices they can test the water to see how people respond to it. Wearable tech is where things should be going at this point. The concept of having a brick phone to carry around is out dated.


RE: I dont get this push
By FaaR on 3/18/14, Rating: 0
RE: I dont get this push
By Murloc on 3/19/2014 5:18:52 PM , Rating: 2
yeah but they can try, then one day the tech will be there to make it a mass market thing, even if we have to wait until there are holographic displays.
The watch with the calculator didn't sell much either I'm sure, but it's not like it bankrupted the company.
You try until it works, waste some money, or you get left behind.


RE: I dont get this push
By KFZ on 3/18/2014 2:03:09 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you on wearable tech but the watch, as it appears today, is far too small a form factor to be of any significant value. Today's phones make so much more sense as a do-all device.

What's more, this watch looks extremely tacky, not as bad as Glass but not much better than those old digital watches with the cheap calculator built into it. We will look back on this watch just as we do that novelty device.

If this form factor is going to catch on we will need to see a niche successfully carve out. It better be priced for its shortcomings. Still it won't be a phone-killer. It will take revolutionary breakthroughs in many areas until a freaking wrist strap can replace your iPhone.


RE: I dont get this push
By Drafter on 3/18/2014 5:36:57 PM , Rating: 2
I think you're speaking for yourself when you envision a future where people have their smart tech attached to their bodies full-time. I like being able to compartmentalize that "brick" into or out of my life at my discretion.

What's really going on here by my observation is the smart phone market is saturated so they are trying to create a new smart device market.


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