Google Embraces Smartwatches with “Android Wear” Operating System
March 18, 2014 12:18 PM
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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
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
. 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
. "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.
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RE: I dont get this push
3/24/2014 2:27:38 PM
I think you're wrong, but maybe as you might be thinking of a phone-watch, rather than a smart-watch. I have a Pebble smart-watch, and it's a great little light weight watch. It is just a smart watch though, you wont see my talking into my wrist as that doesn't appeal to me at all.
Mostly, my Pebble means that I can leave my phone in my pocket, or on my desk and still use it to a certain extent. I can see receive and read texts, control my media player, see who's calling and reject phone calls, see data from apps like running apps, and probably do more, all without having to trouble my pocket. It's also a fun little thing that you can play with, download watch faces, view the usual (arguably useless) weather apps (that are of as little use on your phone, but every phone has one) and play games. Maybe it's because I'm old enough to see and play snake with more than a little nostalgia that I find it so much fun.
Anyway, my Pebble is really a first generation smart watch too and there will be many more uses found for such devices, things that we can no more anticipate now than we could anticipate how those early mobile phones would lead to the smartphones we have now.
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