Smart watches experienced surprised growth last year with the introduction of the Pebble smartwatch, which became a surprise hit that year. Samsung followed suite, and announced their own variant, called the Galaxy Gear. Its successor, the Gear 2 was announced last month. Several manufacturers are entering the fray, and as you would expect, it could get quite messy with no standardizations and such. Fortunately, Big G has stepped up and has released the Developer Preview of its ‘Android Wear’ SDK. The new ‘Android Wear’ platform is specially dedicated to wearables, and as the name suggests, it is Google’s open-source platform for wearables.
The Android Wear is miniaturized version of Android, which will power smartwatches from several different manufacturers. Google has done its homework on smartwatches, and worked out quite a few kinks, as well as improved the eco-system. Hopefully battery life will improve a lot, Android OS on Galaxy Gear pummeled through its battery. Android Wear will come with ‘Google Now’, which will allow interactions with your wearable via voice commands. As you might have guessed, ‘OK Google’ is word to get things rolling. Not only that, you will be able to control other devices using from your wrist via voice commands. Fitness is also part of the package, due to its popularity in the past year or so. Android Wear will track your movements in real-time.
Android Wear will blow away competition its competition. Not only is it feature packed, but sports a very intuitive UI. Manufacturers such as Asus, HTC, LG and Samsung, plus chipmakers such as Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm have partnered with Google to bring Android Wear powered smartwatches to you. We expect to hear more about Android Wear in the upcoming I/O conference in June.