Earlier today Google opened-up about their upcoming “Android Wear” design, or as Google describes it, “Information that moves with you ”
The whole project aims to bring the Android platform to wearable technology. The first gadget to be featured is of course, a smartwatch. The initial concept is more of blending of other tech that has become popular over the last few years. There’s the spoken-commands, the fitness tracker the notifications, but Google is hoping to add a lot more information as well. Google posted these points when announcing the project.
- Useful information when you need it most: Android Wear shows you info and suggestions you need, right when you need them. The wide variety of Android applications means you’ll receive the latest posts and updates from your favorite social apps, chats from your preferred messaging apps, notifications from shopping, news and photography apps, and more.
- 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. There’s a lot of possibilities here so we’re eager to see what developers build.
Google is already working with Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung according to the company, and chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm.
The company even announced third party designers in the announcement including Fossil, who will be making Android Wear “later this year,” according to Google.