Sep 22, 2020 | Updated: 11:04 PM EDT

Android Apps for Wearables

Apr 16, 2014 12:02 PM EDT


Android Wear is coming soon. Android announced Android Wear as small, powerful devices, worn on the body. Useful information and Intelligent answers are provided to spoken questions. Tools for wearables such as apps will be developed to help reach fitness goals in a multiscreen world. Android Wear extends the Android platform to a new generation of wearable devices. The user experience is designed specifically for wearables.

Android Wear 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 wearables 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 new Android Wear APIs allows the user to Receive Voice Replies. Users can also add actions to notifications to allow users to reply by voice or touch. The system delivers the text to their app on the phone. Add Notification Pages allows the user to Add additional pages to your notification that are visible on the wearable device to provide detailed information on the wrist. Stack Multiple Notifications gives the users app an option to consolidate similar notifications. On a wearable, the user can stack them together so the details for each are immediately available.

SDKs for Android Wear for developers are also coming soon in the upcoming months with further new updates.

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