Wearables are the next big buzz in technology. And Google announced its part in it – Android Wear. As the name entails, Android Wear is an Android-based initiative, which uses Google’s mobile operating system and an exclusive software development kit to incite the wearables world. Android is an exceptionally popular operating system from Google and runs on a wide range of smartphones and tablets.
Leveraging the popularity and huge adaptability of Android, Google has launched Android Wear-powered smartwatch that will help users get useful information from finding a store to finding a weather related notifications by just simply twitching their wrist. Android Wear provides a highly useful extension of the user’s existing smartphone, transmitting spoken commands and requests for information from a watch on the wrist to a mobile device in a pocket. And with Android Wear you’ll find yourself interacting with multiple products because it lets your watch augment your phone’s capability. Or with Chromecast, it can enable to be connected to a television.
Android Wear isn’t solely a Google endeavor
Android Wear is starting with smartwatches. Motorola and LG were first among the competition, announcing the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch. But Google has said it’s working with other partners in the Android Wear space, including HTC, ASUS and Samsung, and chip manufacturers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm. So Android Wear isn’t solely a Google endeavor. Even fashion brands like Fossil are on Android Wear, which in turn, has led other fashion and luxury brands to follow it.
Undoubtedly, Android Wear will also help Google to enter into the health and fitness world. It will tie into existing health and fitness apps, offering you real-time information on speed and distance, remind you of your exercise goals and will keep you abreast of your running, walking and cycling information.
And, of course, that’s only the beginning.
Why Apps on Android Wear?
In order to keep up with growing consumer demand for better and more useful apps, new platforms like Android Wear can’t be ignored – because its potential to extract valuable data from a smartwatch is going to change their life by letting them use the technology quickly and conveniently. Very soon people will be relying on their smart-watch for their small but important tasks like finding a nearby store, a restaurant or getting details of a safer place if they are stuck in some dangerous location. Google has already released its software development kit for Android Wear so developers can begin working on new apps for this emerging platform. Google recently released the Google Play Services 5.0 update for Android devices, which now includes Android Wear APIs. This enables developers to code many more useful apps to run on Android Wear.
App developers are keeping an eye on Android Wear – to, either, creating new apps for the platform offering more value to their users, or porting their older apps to work with this ground-breaking and emanating technology.