Google announces Android Wear with hardware coming from HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, and Asus

Google announces Android Wear with hardware coming from HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, and Asus
We knew this was coming, and somehow Google still found a way to surprise us. Today, Google has announced that it is "extending" Android to wearables with Android Wear. That word "extend" will be very important in this, because Android Wear is neither an update to the Android system, nor is it a new operating system. But, as you'll see, it does rely heavily on Google Now (as we thought it would).

In the preview videos released for Android Wear, you'll see quite a lot that you've seen before from products like Google Now and Google Glass, just translated to a smartwatch. The focus of Android Wear is in relevant contextual data, much of which you already get from Google Now like location-based weather, traffic data, reminders, travel info (airplane boarding passes, etc), and app notifications. There are the usual fitness tracking options that are already relatively standard on wearables, and interesting notifications like jellyfish warnings when you're at the beach. The interface is gesture-based, but quite a lot of the functionality seems to come from the voice command system, which does include the song recognition feature in Google Now. 


Google has also started the rollout of the Android Wear SDK Developer Preview. Again, Google has been very careful to say that the SDK will allow developers to "extend" app functionality to wearables, meaning this is not a platform which will have standalone apps on it to start. Google has also announced partnerships with a number of manufacturers to bring wearable products to market, including LG, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and Asus.

The info page also shows support from Intel, MediaTek, Broadcomm, and Qualcomm, which indicates that there should be quite a few different devices at different price points on the way. Even more interestingly, Fossil is listed as a partner, which could mean there will be some more stylish watches on the way as well.


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55 Comments

1. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Oh boy iWant this!

13. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

HTC + google bring it waiting

24. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

And i want one made with metal...the watch and the strap...

25. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

And i hope they've done something to improve battery life...atleast 2-3 days...come on....

30. engineer-1701d unregistered

you said it this is a smart watch not the galaxy gear or sony watch i love the quick speech rec part and using gps knows what you are doing and brings up the things you like and do following you.

37. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Moto360 looks like one SEXY BEAST!!!!!!!

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

WHAT!!!! TAKE MY MONEY NOW!!!

3. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Makes more sense than Glass.

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I Still like glass tho, it can be much more

19. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

not for me

23. lukkiristi unregistered

I reckon Glass will be really useful to professionals like firemen, doctors, police officers etc. once customizations become available. But THIS! This is something I want immediately.

32. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Why do you want it right now if you can have all of this right on your pocket?

33. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I agree that glass will probably be a business thing at first. I can see people running around a warehouse using something like Glass to quickly look at their inventory and stuff. Also places like shipyards. Police is probably a good prediction. The ability to record everything with a first person view would be really beneficial to police officers. I have no doubt that both types of wearables will have their place.

53. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

u mean LESS EXPENSIVE than Glass :) can't wait

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Google I/O can't come any sooner...

49. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

but this is madness....no one want that much of technology btw(no real need,only ppl try coz it is something new)....phones have same feature,why waste money on smart watches??? but on the other side they are better than normal expensive branded watches :)....have better usability buy a $1000 tagheur or buy a $500 this.........second one is better option:D:D

5. Sauce unregistered

I love this! Would love it more if they came out with a better name though.. Take me' monies!

6. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

i kept throwing my money on my screen and nothing happened, suggestions?

14. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Break the monitor and use the money to buy a new one! :P

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Try throwing bitcoins at it.

22. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Breaking into Google's R&D center seems like a pretty good place to start. Just be sure to leave some money on a desk.

28. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Would you do it for me if i paid you? Haha

31. engineer-1701d unregistered

throw more harder keep going i want one ill try also maybe its a slow computer lol love your comment one of the best ever.

45. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

this comment has been on the internet for a while now. you're late to the train man, hope in.

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

About TIME!

9. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

It is about damn time I am an apple fan , but Apple need a a lot of effort if it wants to surpass a masterpiece like that

29. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

as usual apple is there watching everybody and see what they have and wat they can use from google open source and see how they can use it in a better way then later on this year they say they innovate

35. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

You say that as a bad thing? The idea is to make superior products that consumers will buy. Not only does Apple benefit from this strategy, but so do their stockholders, and so do we as normal people. The better the competition, the better the products. Ranting about any company is idiotic. Enjoy the competition, even if you prefer one companies products over another.

10. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

This, kids, is why Google collects your data. MS doesn't get it with their Scroogled campaign, collecting data so it can be relayed back to you in a usable fashion is the way things are going to operate in the future.

50. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Microsoft collects data also, but unlike Google, they don't give anything back. Google, please make Microd*cked video.

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