Back in March Google officially outed Android Wear, the company’s future platform for smartwatches and other wearable devices. At the time Motorola and LG began teasing their first Android Wear devices, and Google gave us a few initial details about how Android Wear would work. For those that have been eagerly waiting for more, today Google not only announced that you’ll be able to order a G Watch and the newly announced Samsung Gear Live on the Play store today, it also let the rest of the Android Wear details out of the bag.
While some of what was seen during the Keynote was more of a refresher, it was impressive nonetheless. Google provided on-stage demos of voice commands, notifications, and other actions using devices from both LG and Motorola. Of course, Android Wear is about more than voice commands. We also learned that the platform will have support for heart-rate monitors, pedometers and the watches running the platform will even be able to activate a music app on the phone. You’ll then be able to control your tunes using your watch.
Google’s main goal is to eliminate the need to constantly take out your phone, something that the average user reportedly does as much as 125 times a day. This means giving you the power to control your phone from your watch in certain circumstances, as well as receiving and interacting with notifications from your phone. Of course there will be times when you don’t want to be bothered by your Android Wear device, and that’s why the software will make it easy to silence the watch with a swipe for situations where you don’t want to be buzzed all the time by your apps.
Android Wear SDK
To further expand the Android Wear experience an SDK will shown be launching that allows developers to push notifications to Android Wear devices and even create their own custom apps. That means developers can write their own interfaces, as shown off by Google with an app called Eat24, which made it easy to order pizza directly from your watch. The SDK also lets developers utiilize watch sensors and tap into voice commands. The SDK also makes it easy to send data back and forth between a phone, tablet or watch.