Google announces Android Wear with hardware coming from HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, and Asus
posted by Michael H. / Mar 18, 2014, 11:37 AM
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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Oh boy iWant this!
posted on Mar 18, 2014, 11:40 AM 15
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HTC + google bring it waiting
posted on Mar 18, 2014, 12:08 PM 18
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Makes more sense than Glass.
posted on Mar 18, 2014, 11:46 AM 7
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.
posted on Mar 18, 2014, 12:52 PM 7
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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.
posted on Mar 18, 2014, 1:27 PM 1
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Google I/O can't come any sooner...
posted on Mar 18, 2014, 11:47 AM 13
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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
posted on Mar 19, 2014, 12:29 AM 0
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i kept throwing my money on my screen and nothing happened, suggestions?
posted on Mar 18, 2014, 11:49 AM 15
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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.
posted on Mar 18, 2014, 12:48 PM 1
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.
posted on Mar 18, 2014, 1:19 PM 0
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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
posted on Mar 18, 2014, 11:54 AM 3
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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
posted on Mar 18, 2014, 1:14 PM 5
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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.
posted on Mar 18, 2014, 1:33 PM 3
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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.
posted on Mar 18, 2014, 12:05 PM 12
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