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.
- 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."