Google Unveils ‘Android Wear’, A Platform Tailor-Made For Smartwatches

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After months of speculation, Google finally gives a sneak peek at Android Wear, a new project that will bring Android into wearable devices.

The company plans to extend its reach by entering into highly coveted wearable devices market---starting with watches. 

A post in the Google Blog on Tuesday says that it will bring various aspects of Google Now, including voice command feature and notifications, to your wrist.

"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".

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Google Unveils ‘Android Wear’, A Platform Tailor-Made For Smartwatches

Google says that its new wearable platform has an ability to better interact with 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".

Google is currently concentrating its energy on making smartwatches better and interactive and has launched a Developer Preview so that app developers can create apps for the future generation wearable devices.

"The Android Wear Developer Preview lets you create wearable experiences for your existing Android apps and see how they will appear on square and round Android wearables".

The software giant has partnered with several high profile hardware and chipset manufacturers that will launch their respective wearable devices, including Asus, LG, Motorola and Samsung, as well as well known chipset makers, Qualcomm, MediaTek, Intel and Broadcom. Interestingly, some of the renowned fashion brands like the Fossil group have plans to bring an intelligent watch later this year.

Meanwhile, Motorola has already announced its first smartwatch, the Moto 360, using the latest Android Wear platform. Motorola says the device will launch in the U.S this summer. Similarly, LG also unveiled its intelligent watch, the G Watch. The G Watch is expected to be launched in the second quarter of 2014.

Unlike the Samsung Gear, which has a limited functionality, Google is introducing its own wearable platform ahead of any actual hardware. Google does not say whether the company is making its own Nexus-branded smartwatch in the future.

"We're always seeking new ways for technology to help people live their lives and this is just another step in that journey. Here's to getting the most out of the many screens you use every day-whether in your car, in your pocket or, very soon, on your wrist".

Check out the video showing how Google envisions wearable devices:

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