What is Android Wear?
Android Wear is a version of Google’s Android operating system designed for wearable devices, such as smartwatches. Google has partnered with several device makers like Sony, Samsung, LG, Asus, HTC, and Motorola to create Android Wear-based watches. It’s also teamed up with companies such as Intel and Qualcomm for the chip technology.
The first phase of Android Wear launch devices includes LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, and Motorola Moto 360, and the world’s first two Android Wear watches, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, have already been revealed at the Google I/O 2014 and can be ordered via the Google play store.
What can Android Wear do?
The aim of Android Wear is to change the way users interact with wearable devices by bringing relevant information as well as notifications to wearer. As an operating system that is wearable, it makes suggestions to the user based on the current time, factoring in geographical information with the data, making the experience much more context-sensitive.
Android wear includes “Google Now” functionality for performing searches and issuing commands. you can simply say “OK Google” to ask quick questions. You can then get quick responses in the form of informational cards. You can get sports scores and schedules, check the weather, see the time in other time zones, translate words or phrases, get calories counts, check stocks, convert between units, and many more. For more details about instructions for each task, see the Android wear help page here.
In addition to that, Android Wear will help you monitor your fitness and health, as you can get fitness reminders and summaries as well as utilizing your favorite sports apps. Android Wear will also let users access and control other devices such as music players, phones and TVs on your wrist.
Developers interested in developing for Android Wear compatibility can sign up to participate in a developer preview that is already available at developer.android.com/wear.
Below is a developer video detailing Android Wear and its basic functionality.
Here’s a video showcasing ideal Android Wear functionality for end users.
How does Android Wear work?
To use the Android wear device, you need to pair it with a phone or tablet running Android 4.3 or higher. More information about how to pair Android wear watch with your phone is available here.
Once that’s done, visit your phone settings and give your watch permission to access your notifications. After you’ve allowed access, everything that shows up on your phone will shows up on your watch. You can also set different actions for different voice commands using settings in the Android Wear app.
Android Wear: Google’s Next Big Thing
There are lots of possibilities for wearable tech. At the moment it’s only found on smartwatches but over the coming years we’ll start to see it turn up on other wearable technology, like clips, pendants, and maybe even Google Glass.