Google is getting into wearables in a big way!. The company has announced ”Android Wear” Operating system for all kinds of wearables. Android wear is a version of Android OS , but specifically desgined for wearables e.g smartwatches. The search giant says it is working with consumer electronics manufacturers, chipmakers, and fashion brands to bring the technology to life in “an ecosystem of watches in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes.”
Android Wear is controlled using your voice, and you wake it up with the “OK Google” command many Android users will already be familiar with. You can then ask it to search for places nearby, find sports scores, identify a song that’s playing, request and taxi, and lots more.
Android Wear will also support third-party apps. Google is releasing a new SDK this week that will allow your favorite developers to build smartwatch versions of the apps you love — as well as innovate to create new apps that we’ve never seen before.
If you’re a developer, there’s a new section on Android Developers Website focused on wearables. Starting today, you can download a Developer Preview so you can tailor your existing app notifications for watches powered by Android Wear. Because Android for wearables works with Android’s rich notification system, many apps will already work well. Look out for more developer resources and APIs coming soon. We’re also already working with several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring you watches powered by Android Wear later this year.”
Source : Google’s Blog