Google has long been rumored to be preparing its own smartwatch. The platform is growing but it’s only now that Google has officially joined the fray, so to speak.
Android has been used by Samsung in its first smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, but that was a customized version of the Android OS. Now, Google has announced Android Wear, a platform for wearables like smartwatches. It is based on Android but it is optimized for wearables, so it’s expected to be smoother and more efficient, and focused on delivering features that are ideal for wearables.
Android Wear will be running on smartwatches like this one.
Android Wear is like Nexus for smartphones and tablets so it’s supposed to be used and taken advantage of by manufacturers. In fact, Google has announced that companies like HTC, LG, Motorola, Qualcomm and Fossil will be releasing their own devices running on Android Wear. Apple is preparing an iWatch so it’s interesting how that one will fare against Android’s army of smartwatches.
Curiously, Android Wear is also optimized for round displays.
With Android Wear, Google is expanding its OS into more devices. This is expected to happen and the real question actually is, why only now? Google has been great with Android and its entry into the smartwatch game with Android Wear is an acknowledgment that this area is only bound to get bigger.
Android Wear takes advantage of Google’s technology behind Google Now so we can expect voice commands and contextual updates. Devices running on Android Wear will deliver useful information apart from notifications. It also has the ability to better monitor your health and fitness.
Android Wear smarwatches will prove to be feature packed, especially in comparison with the Pebble Steel or Samsung’s Gear 2 and Gear Fit.
If you want to learn more about Android Wear, watch these two videos from Google.