Google has announced its formal foray into the wearable tech field, once again gaining momentum and distance against Apple, it’s leading rival in all things mobile.
While Apple purportedly continues to tinker with its forthcoming iWatch, Google is already planting its flag in the wearables market via Android Wear.
Sundar Pichai, SVP of Android, Chrome & Apps for Google, says Android Wear is poised for success because Google has fashioned a platform for information that moves with users.
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.”