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Android Wear by Google

Apr 15, 2014 11:31 AM EDT

Android Wear by Google was recently announced at the Official Blog for Google Android. Android Wear is described as a project that extends Android to wearables. Google is just in its beginning stages with starting with the most wearable type watches. Google’s range of new devices along with expansive catalogue of apps include:

More About Android Wear:

  • 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.

Android Wear developer experiences are:

  • Contextually aware and smart. These devices bring a new level of awareness to computing. Rather than requiring attention and input from users, Android Wear devices are aware of their situation and state, and helpfully display the right information at the right time. Timely, relevant, specific.

  • Glanceable. Wearable devices are used all throughout the day, even when they sit in our peripheral vision. Effective apps provide the maximum payload of information with a minimum of fuss, optimized to provide tiny snippets of relevant information throughout the day. Short, sharp, immediate.

  • Zero/low interaction. Staying true to the strengths afforded by a smaller form factor, Android Wear focuses on simple interactions, only requiring input by the user when absolutely necessary. Most inputs are based around touch swipes or voice, and inputs requiring fine-grained motor skills are avoided. Gestural, simple, fast.

  • Helpful. Android Wear is like a great personal assistant: it knows you and your preferences, it only interrupts you when absolutely necessary, and it’s always on hand to provide a ready answer.

The Android Wear Developer Preview lets Android developers create wearable experiences for existing Android apps and see how they will appear on square and round Android wearables. Google will also be launching the Android Wear SDK, enabling even more customized experiences later this year.

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