The War for Wearable Tech Heats Up

The War for Wearable Tech Heats UpGoogle is taking a deep dive into wearable tech, announcing yesterday that its objectives for this fast-growing product category are far more robust than we had imagined only a short time ago.

Sundar Pichai, SVP of Android, Chrome & Apps for Google, formally heralded the forthcoming launch of Android Wear.

Today we’re announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. And we’re starting with the most familiar wearable—watches.

Teasing a new range of devices and a robust catalogue of apps that will give users useful information when they need it most, Android Wear will serve up an arsenal of attractive attributes.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The ability to monitor your health and fitness.
  • 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,” Pichai concluded. “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.”

To learn more about Android Wear, click here.

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