Google announces Android Wear – a new platform for wearables

by XB on 18th March 2014

in Android, Featured Content, Videos

Android Wear_ThumbGoogle has announced Android Wear, the company’s new Android platform designed for the wearable market. A big focus of Android Wear is receiving the most important notifications on your wrist such as from calls, texts, social applications or other messaging apps. Google Now plays a big part too, especially with its voice commands.

You can ask questions by saying “Ok Google” into the watch, like finding a particular location or setting an alarm. This can also be used to control other devices from your wrist such as to cast a movie to your TV or play an album on your phone.

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Google has released a developer preview of Android Wear today. The Android Wear SDK and new APIs will launch over the coming months. Developers will be able to customize and extend app notifications to accept voice replies, feature additional pages, and stack with similar notifications.

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Google has said that it is working with a number of manufacturers including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung to release products later this year. Sony is conspicuously absent from the list. Sony has, of course, been producing its own smart watches for some time and there remains a possibility that the SmartWatch 3 will run Android Wear when it launches later in the year.

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Via Official Android Blog and Android Developers Blog.

  • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

    You know I think its more to do with Sony not taking part than Sony not being added to the list

  • paul

    Looks like shit. Smartwatch 2 rules !!

  • sigh

    LOL, troll or extremly blind fanboy??

  • vigneshprince


  • Bob

    Yeah Sony have better and more important things to do… Like software updates :p

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  • squiddy20


  • Sony probably wants their own UI on their smartwatches. I’m hoping though that once Android Wear gets popular, they will try it nonetheless.

  • Anukul

    Time for sony to flex its hardware muscle, software is readymade now :D

  • Raj Singh

    It’s weird that Sony is not on the list…
    SmartWatch or no SmartWatch, they should integrate Android Wear into their products.

  • Mohammed Khired

    like shit ? really ?? reeeeeally ?

  • Jaissal S

    Smart Watch 3 please yes :) hopefully better design than Smart Watch 2

  • Stephen

    sony always seems to be late to the party
    eg. ips screens, android updates and now this
    when will they correct their tardiness?

  • Mankanshoku

    What does this… thing do that the smartWatch 2 don’t?
    Apart from the fact that is round.

  • Colby Leong

    I doubt Sony would go with any other UI besides their own or Android. Tizen has Samsung to depend on

  • Tjaldid

    they would just customize it but still use Android like the OEMs have been doing on Smartphones for years

  • lightninglion

    The problem with Sony is that they still think they are the only name in consumer electronics and everyone wants SONY products, but this is not the 80’s when Sony products ruled, there are arguably better companies out there. Sony need to wake the fuck up and stop doing its own propriety stuff, and get on with the program, also stop overpricing stuff cause there are very very few people that want to pay premium just cause it says Sony on it. Personally i have been big fan of Sony, but even i know some of their products are overpriced and not good for the money.

  • rus_media

    Yeah :P They really struggle with software upgrade

  • Berg

    No such thing. They will always need to adapt it to the hardware, and of course add their Sony stuff to stand out from the competition :P

  • Berg

    Assuming Google allows customization..

  • FU

    Shit like you! Suuuuuuuuuure!

  • Quark Gluon

    I think Sony should continue with its own SmartWatch, just like Pebble.

  • Bob

    If only they could employ some ppl from xda or something, they’d have updates out in a week :p

  • Bob

    Yeh seeing as the z2 is such a beast, I really can’t wait for smartwatch 3. I REALLY hope it’s waterproof, has wayyy better software (I’d like a customised version of Android Wear, it seems really good), compatibility with lifelog app, better design with headphone jack for music and possibly even a small camera. Maybe the last two are a bit ott, but if they include all these with a price tag like sw2 it’ll be AMAZING!!!

  • Abhijit Biswas

    Samsung is already using Tizen to get into the smartwatch race and get fame for their own OS, Why will they ever use AndroidWear? Seems stupid, its Sony who is actually supposed to be interested in this thing! All the other brands seem logical!

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    Very interesting thing I just come across at – I could choose any number of jewellery items (from the list) at very heavy discount rates (up to 75% off online) – more we buy more discount – I never seen this before.

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