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Google Announces Android for Wearables, Dubbed “Android Wear” – Very Google Now-powered

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Well, Google just unwrapped it’s new wearables SDK, along with a video preview of their  vision for Android in products on your body. It’s called Android Wear, and yes, it’s certainly just like Google Now, in that it provides you with information as you need it or as it happens in a card-style format. Google is starting first with watches, but as Android boss Sundar Pichai already said, watches are only the beginning.

Through Android Wear, you can ask your watch questions with an “OK, Google” command, monitor your fitness, control other devices from your wrist, and of course, see timely info and suggestions “right when you need them.”

Google is claiming that they created a new UI specifically for wearables that is based around contextual information, along with your voice.

Here are the highlights:

  • 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 manufacturers Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung, along with chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek, and Qualcomm. Fashion brands like Fossil may make the first watches available later this year.

Check out the video below to see Android Wear in action.

Via:  Official Android Blog
  • cizzlen

    The music is perfect. I’m in love with android all over again. Amazing job by Moto and Google… just wow.

  • Wil Gibson

    I wonder if Sony would jump on this for the Smartwatch 2.

  • yummy

    Let the fun begin!

  • JSo

    That girl at the end has the same reaction I do when my friends are intrigued by the tech I show them. Just shrug

  • Tony Byatt

    Please let there be a DL Show this week and that Ron will be on…

  • lgreg64

    They are working with samsung?

  • fauxshizzl

    Need to post the second video that was on Engadget when they ran this story. Way more informative than the commercial posted here.

  • Bootleg Zani

    Stephanie Block looks hungry for dick.

    • Chris Lee

      who is that?

      • Bootleg Zani

        The slut saying “Are you close?” in the picture above.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Glad to see them get this out. Doesn’t this kind of confirm the move of notifications to Google now? Make the statues bar all toggles. Something Is going to happen to that area but the effect on the experience is questionable.

  • Tony Byatt
  • Ryan O’Neill

    This is way better than Glass! I don’t want a computer strapped to my face, but I’m okay with one on my wrist.

  • James P

    THIS is why I’ve been waiting to buy a smartwatch. This is exactly what I want.

  • archercc

    Hell of a lot closer than what Samsung has come up with. Getting Fossil on board should be good. While I am not a fan personally of their stuff a real watch company would help make sure its not JUST nerdware.

  • NexusMan

    This does nothing the phone does not already do. It just makes Google Now more accessible. Having said that, I love Google Now on a phone, have always been excited about smart watches, and continue to be excited, and look forward to this watch incarnation.

  • AUSTEEEZZZ

    I like… I’d take the “open garage” as a Nest future hope

    • archercc

      Hell yes. I would be willing to get a new opener for that feature. One less thing to carry when riding the bike or the motorcycle and I already have the bluetooth tie in with the helmet.

  • chris kilps

    please google make this work right first

    • DeeFrog

      Shut up and get new posting material. So lame and played out. Almost as bad as, “You win the internets for the day!”

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Congrats! You win the internets for the day!

      • returnOfTheMack

        If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

      • chris kilps

        there is that better

        • Kevin

          I down voted you.

    • Miguel

      Finally some wearable that I’m interested, just take my money Google…now.

  • Defenestratus

    Wow. This looks pretty awesome actually.

    Never really wanted a smartwatch before but this…. this has promise.

  • Michael swaim

    Please please please Google…make this watch happen soon…..if so i will cancel my pebble Order.

  • Bionicman

    am i alone in thinking Google should have waited till a device was ready to ship to announce this? I get that they are known for teasing stuff but it would be nice if instead of “COMING SOON like in a year or two” it’ll be like “GOOGLE WATCH ANNOUNCED, AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK”

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      They already have five OEM partners and the watches are actually coming in months, not a year or two. It’s important for Google to get the SDK out there asap for developers to begin making applications compatible.

      • Bionicman

        u da man Tim! I hope you are right because I’m saving your comment and hopefully I won’t have to be all like “seeeeeeeeeeee still nothing”

      • AbbyZFresh

        They already have HTC, LG, Motorola, Qualcomm, and Fossil.

    • AbbyZFresh

      They already partnered with HTC, LG, Motorola, Qualcomm, and Fossil for the watches. It will come very soon.

      • Bionicman

        and thats great but im kinda done with Google’s previews and coming soon stuff. just call me an impatient SOB – its ok

        • brkshr

          impatient SOB

          • Bionicman

            lol

        • JSo

          So do like they did with the Nexus 5 and go “Here you go, buy now” with no real announcement. I kinda didn’t like that.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      This looks like Motorola already announced theirs is coming!

      http://motorola-blog.blogspot.com/2014/03/moto-360-its-time.html

    • Bionicman

      id like to state that im excited for all smartwatches being announced today by moto and LG but i still stand by my statement – which is that it bugs me that none are available now.

  • hyperbeatser

    I really think Google is onto something here, Google Now is the perfect thing for a wearable…intrigued

    • joseph barrientos

      i completely agree. When using glass thats one of my favorite things about it.

  • tylerc23

    They teased whatever they’re going to do with that Home system they bought with the very last part of “Okay Google, open the garage”

    • Justin Foster

      Google Home: “Breaking and Entering at the tip of your fingers”

    • AUSTEEEZZZ

      Probably a hopeful thing for Nest in the future

  • Justin Foster

    Video would have been much cooler minus the 90’s movie montage music. Anyway, looks cool.

  • joseph barrientos

    better video from the dev channel!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xQ3y902DEQ

    • Mike Aurin

      Google: “You know how these smart watches keep coming out that really suck? Yeah, lets fix that.”

      • michael arazan

        This would mean there will be a newer version of Google Search that will be integrated for the phone

    • dapoktan

      that circular smart watch… thats what ive been waiting for

  • Ray

    For the Win…

  • Nathan Borup

    My body is ready…

  • AbbyZFresh

    Changed my mind. I can’t WAIT to see the official Google smartwatch now. I hope the battery life is longer than 24 hours Google.

  • cjohn4043

    and this is how you made a smart watch (OS) people.

  • markgbe

    i cant wait to buy my watch..

  • evan brown

    TAKE MY MONEY GOOGLE

  • brkshr

    I’m sold

  • Jeff Tycz

    Hmmm… a smartwatch I might actually use

  • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

    Video fixed. Sorry about that.

  • Jeremy Alajajian

    As long as this comes in near the $150 of a Pebble, count me in on Day 1…

  • DeeFrog

    Video doesn’t work.

  • AbbyZFresh

    i’m not sure whether to be excited or “meh” at this.

  • Shamu

    GUYS!!! THIS IS EVEN BETTER THAN WHAT WE COULD HAVE IMAGINED!!! GO GOOGLE!!! MORE CAPS!!!

  • Nathan Borup

    Your video is broken…

  • joseph barrientos

    haha i knew you guys were posting it as i sent it in! still, thanks for posting DL!