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  • Google Touts New 'Android Wear'


    On Tuesday, Google officially unveiled Android Wear, a move that signals the Internet search giant's formal plunge into the profitable waters of wearable technology (concept design pictured above courtesy of Google).

    With Apple still on the wearable tech sidelines, presumably as the company strives to perfect its iWatch, Google is taking center stage in this red hot young product category.

    Sundar Pichai, SVP of Android, Chrome & Apps for Google, says Android Wear is a platform for information that moves with you.

    Today we’re announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. And we’re starting with the most familiar wearable—watches.
    Promising a new range of devices and an expansive catalogue of apps that will give users useful information when they need it most, Android Wear will purportedly give users the ability to enjoy a number of increasingly in-demand features:


    • 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 said Tuesday. "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."

    Source: Google
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Touts New 'Android Wear' started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Greatbiguns's Avatar
      Greatbiguns -
      Is that photo legit?
      Looks like something a beginner photoshopper just whipped up.....


      Did I miss where it has the disclaimer "simulated display shown?
    1. Hillefied's Avatar
      Hillefied -
      Quote Originally Posted by Greatbiguns View Post
      Is that photo legit?
      Looks like something a beginner photoshopper just whipped up.....


      Did I miss where it has the disclaimer "simulated display shown?
      I agree. This photo is sub-par when attempting to illustrate Google's vision of "Android Wearables"

      Also, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the original photo was taken with an iPhone 5S.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Greatbiguns View Post
      Is that photo legit?
      Looks like something a beginner photoshopper just whipped up.....


      Did I miss where it has the disclaimer "simulated display shown?
      There is a video from google showing that UI on that watch in action. I don't think it would be readable in any sort of decent light.
    1. SpidermanAPV's Avatar
      SpidermanAPV -
      I'm not the biggest Android fan, but this actually looks interesting. I suppose my true interest in it though is the fact that now I know how much cooler an Apple one would be xD.
    1. skattrbrain's Avatar
      skattrbrain -
      Quote Originally Posted by Greatbiguns View Post
      Is that photo legit?
      Looks like something a beginner photoshopper just whipped up.....


      Did I miss where it has the disclaimer "simulated display shown?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xQ3y902DEQ

      It's a screen cap right from Google's own video.

      Unless Apple comes out with a nice watch themselves, I might be making the jump sooner than I thought.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Is the data being sent via wi-fi or what? Nice device. Take that Apple. Get off yer duffs and show us something besides a trash can shaped computer, iphone 6, ipad 4, whatever 9, you get the idea. I need something new now.
    1. kalpesh78's Avatar
      kalpesh78 -
      hey google. can i have a 5 inch display on my google watch?
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      Is the data being sent via wi-fi or what? Nice device. Take that Apple. Get off yer duffs and show us something besides a trash can shaped computer, iphone 6, ipad 4, whatever 9, you get the idea. I need something new now.
      Data transmission will likely be through Bluetooth LE. Most newer phones support the spec (Hell, Apple's iBeacon is the same tech) much like the Galaxy Gear/Sony SmartWatch/etc.

      I don't care what the haters say, the Moto 360 looks incredible in the renders - This is Motorola's new Android Wear smartwatch: Moto 360

      Edit: People may also be excited to know that Fossil is on-board as a company that may be producing Android Wear devices.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I still don't see the point in the watch and phone combo. Are we going to need necklaces and earrings that talk to our phones next? Now people are saying they are going to jump ship cause of a watch? hahhaa! JUMP.
    1. SirZyrion's Avatar
      SirZyrion -
      The more I see these news articles announcing smart watches, the more I feel like they're trying to CREATE a market for them and make us want them.

      Remember when the iPad was first announced? Nobody needed an iPad until we saw them. I was among the cynics who sarcastically said, "Oh look, a huge iPod Touch!" Now, I can't even part with my iPad 2 to upgrade to an iPad Air because I don't want to be without it's handy productivity boost.

      I feel like all these companies creating smart watches are trying to create a niche, and it's not working very well. Then again, maybe I don't get the point. How is it more convenient for me to get this information from a device on my left wrist than in my left hand or in my pocket? I just can't shake the feeling that I'm being told to buy something I really don't need. Bring on an Apple television!