As Apple keeps working behind the scenes on the company’s so-called “iWatch,” a major competitor has announced its own plans for wearable technology. Google has unveiled its Android Wear SDK developer preview. This technology will run on upcoming devices from LG, Motorola, and many others.
According to Google, Android Wear goes “well beyond the mere act of just telling you the time.” It will also include “useful information when you need it most.”
Tools available in the SDK include:
- 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 says it is already working with several consumer electronics manufacturers to use the Android Wear technology. These include Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm, as well as fashion brands like the Fossil Group.
Apple is expected to unveil the iWatch later this year.