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Here's the big buzz: Google has finally gotten into the wearables market. Google announced Android Wear, an operati...
Here's the big buzz: Google has finally gotten into the wearables market. Google announced Android Wear, an operating system made exclusively for smartwatches. In its official blog, Google explains what the new wearable platform has to offer:
You can receive information and suggestions at any given time, provided by the variety of Android apps. The smartwatch gives you updates and posts from many apps--social, messaging, photography, and news
You can communicate with your smartwatch by saying “Ok Google.” Whether you want to ask a question, or get something done, “Ok Google” is your new magic word
Android Wear monitors your health and fitness with apps that give you information on your walk, run, or cycle, all on your wrist
You can sync your Android Wear to other devices. Simply say “Ok Google” and play music on your phone, or a film on your TV
Ok Google, let's see what you got:
Google has partnered up many electronics and hardware manufacturers, like HTC, Asus, LG, Motorola and Samsung, in order to launch its Android-powered watches later this year. One of them is Motorola, which today will launch its first ever smartwatch, the Moto 360.
This smartwatch boasts a classic round, analog-style appearance. Running the Android Wear operating system, the Moto 360 will support notifications, voice commands, directions and alerts. Motorola says the smartwatch will be available worldwide, in various styles.
Another hardware manufacturer to launch its own wearable device is LG, whose G Watch is said to arrive in the following quarter. The G Watch exhibits a simplistic square LCD touchscreen display, and it will run on Android Wear. Specs on the G Watch have yet to be disclosed, but what is known is that it will respond to “Ok Google” voice commands.
Dr. Jong-Seok Park, CEO of LG's Mobile Communications, states, "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. We're confident that a well-designed device has the potential to take the smart wearable market by storm."
You can also watch the Android Wear developer preview below, featuring Android's Director of Engineering and an Android designer, to see how Android is extending to wearables: