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Future of Wearable Tech With Android

Nov 07, 2013 06:32 PM EST

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Android 4.4 or KitKat for Google is moving towards wearable tech. The new Nexus 5, Google Glass, FitBit and Galaxy Gear smartwatches implement Android’s latest version, which sets a great tone for Google evolving with wearable tech. Health and fitness is presently the largest market for wearable technologies.

Today’s wearable devices integrate lifestyle and technology. New and fresh technologies will be the contributing factor to this, thanks to the future entrepreneurs and innovators. The performance and speed which is offered through Android devices are a significant factor for new wearable technology adoptions.

Mobile apps are big drivers for wearable technology. Azumio, Nike+, WebMD and some of the large players. Qualcomm is a company that leads investing in digital health. A forecast of 5 billion sales of smartphones are expected from Qualcomm between 2012 and 2016. Qualcomm Life's 2net Platform is an FDA-listed, Class I Medical Device Data System (MDDS) will enable millions of consumers to connect to the device. The WebMD and Qualcomm Life collaboration partnership will help consumers sync data collected and give consumers the opportunity to take charge of their health via a technology ecosystem of digital health apps and third-party devices.

The market is growing for wearable technologies but there are still areas to be improved. Battery and power performance is still a challenge for wearable tech devices. There are even still privacy challenges within the area. Applying the necessary security to instill a users trust is crucial. Security must ease the insecurity that exists today. Whether it is personalized security measures, firewalls or encryption, the technology industry is still challenged with lacking resources to provide data security users expect.

Communication for Android wearable technologies is an important element to further innovations. With Android users able to access more data faster, the user experience will improve as a result. Google’s  Bluetooth MAP support allows app communication to third party devices. Through Bluetooth, users can experience communication more efficiently. Bluetooth HID over GATT (HOGP) is available for Android 4.4. Android 4.4 can also integrate with Wi-Fi Tunnelled Direct Link Setup (TDLS) which can communicate to Android users efficiently as well. These are extremely useful and high performing tools for wearable technologies.

We can expect Android wearable technology improvements in the development of faster and smaller sized devices. There are also health technologies which can embed inside the human body. Modern devices such as sensors will be improved. Next generation of wearable technology may even include offline communications or glasses that could even replace smartphone devices.  

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