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    Default Google Demos and Announces its First Android Wear Devices


    At the recent Google I/O event in San Francisco, Google demoed its Android Wear platform and announced availability of the first Android Wear devices. Originally announced in March, Android Wear is designed to bring the Android platform to a range of wearable devices from several of Google’s manufacturing partners. As described on stage, Google has designed Android Wear with many of the features and functions that rumors have suggested Apple’s own iWatch might include. Android Wear seemingly supports screens of multiple sizes and styles, including both square and circular. With its always-on display and card-based UI, it displays information like notifications and location-based reminders.

    Android Wear, which is largely controlled by voice via Google Now integration, also supports contextual apps that display information at a glance and it also integrates with several sensors, such as those that monitor steps taken and even heart rate on supported devices. It includes Google Maps support, offering turn-by-turn directions on the wrist and can also be used to control other devices such as speakers.

    The devices are reliant on a connected smartphone as assumed, much like the iWatch is expected to be reliant on the iPhone. Apps that are downloaded from the Google Play Store are able to include a wearable portion, which is automatically installed on a compatible Android Wear device when downloaded on a smartphone, extending available app functionality to the wrist.

    On the stage, several demonstrations of Android Wear gave a clear idea of what we might expect from other wearables in the future including the iWatch. A Lyft car was ordered via a simple voice command, with the watch automatically detecting its location. Ordering the car, payment and update notifications on the driver’s location were all displayed directly on the wrist without the need to access a smartphone.

    As expected, Google announced the release of the full Android Wear SDK, along with the launch of the first devices supporting Android Wear. The LG G Watch, is available for order today as is the Samsung Gear Live, a new Samsung watch that supports Android. The platform’s first circular watch taking advantage of the round UI, the Moto 360, will be available later this summer and additional devices are in development by various partners.

    By focusing on a platform rather than creating a device of its own, Google has managed to get Android onto wrists several months ahead of Apple. According to the most recent rumors, Apple’s much rumored smartwatch may not launch until later this year, possibly at an October event. The iWatch is expected to have a strong focus on the health and fitness field, with more than ten sensors to collect various types of data.

    We’ll have to wait and see how each do.

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    I really don't get these wearable's? Why would you use a watch that supports turn by turn NAV when you can use your phone sync via Bluetooth to your car speaker system. I'm seeing this as another possible distraction while driving a car. Sync to your phone(Android or iPhone) and your watch going off because of Facebook or text notification and etc... smh

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    Android Wear might be the only the reason I switch to Android for my daily needs. Apple needs to get an iWatch in their stores by the end of the year. The current line of iOS compatible "smartwatches" are quite dumb. The convenience of taking your phone out for checkig notifications, emails, texts etc. is what I need.

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    Looks like some cheap Timex from K mart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
    I really don't get these wearable's? Why would you use a watch that supports turn by turn NAV when you can use your phone sync via Bluetooth to your car speaker system. I'm seeing this as another possible distraction while driving a car. Sync to your phone(Android or iPhone) and your watch going off because of Facebook or text notification and etc... smh
    Directions aren't only meant for driving cars, smart guy. How about people walking? How about people riding bikes?.. smh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skram View Post
    Directions aren't only meant for driving cars, smart guy. How about people walking? How about people riding bikes?.. smh.
    Hmmm??? When I walk or ride a bike? I usually know where I going lol. I don't need turn by turn navigation.


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