Google Reveals Android Wear - The Smartwatch OS
Google Android Wear
Today Google reveals Android Wear, an operating system specifically designed for a smartwatch. Google has now geared up with different fashion industries, chip manufacturers and other hardware companies to create the ultimate series of a smartwatch.
The UI of Android Wear looks very minimalistic and clean. The picture was taken from Google’s developer preview to Android Wear.
You have all the features that were available to you on Google Now on android. So you can view the weather or check on your match scores like you were able to do on Google Now. The touch experience and usability seems to be very smooth in the video, this is of course from a very alpha stage of the watch.
The smartwatch will remind you with all your events after it has synced up with your device. This includes calendar events like meetings or any other set reminders. It is all integrated neatly and shows up on different gestures. So swiping up, down, right or left all show you different information.
You can view received text messages and reply without the need to touch. This is done by using the ‘Ok Google’ feature, so all the user does is say ‘Ok Google’ and reply to the text. I took a screenshot of that being demonstrated in the video.
Other prominent features were covered in Google’s blog post. Here is an extract from the blog.
- Useful information when you need it most.
Android Wear shows you info and suggestions you need, right when you need them. 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.
- Straight answers to spoken questions.
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.
- The ability to better monitor your 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.
- Your key to a multiscreen world.
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.
Google has already started to work with Asus, HTC, LG, Samsung and Motorola on these wearables. Like I mentioned earlier these watches will be designed by different fashion industries so they are unlikely to look hideous. That of course might hint a neat price tag as well, lets hope that this also carries the nexus price policy.
Google has provided the SDK for Android Wear to developers so that they can start working on their apps to be compatible with Android Wear. This means that we might see a huge compatibility from known app developers from day one.
It is good that Google took the initiative to make a separate operating system for their wearable, this means that more apps will be specifically designed for the wearable and it would be a lot more cleaner because of its ‘Nexus Feel’. This is possibly the best alternative to be offered by Google to all the overpriced smart-watchs available by Samsung etc. There is no word on the price of this watch and LG will be the first one to introduce an Android Wear. It might be inline with its nexus series.
We will get to know more from Google I/O in a few months.