Google has revealed its plans to enter the wearable market by announcing its Android Wear smartwatches.
The internet giant and Android OS maker is working with Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung, as well as chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm to manufacturer and develop potential devices. The new devices will allow users to download applications straight to the watch, such as social and messaging apps, as well as notifications.
Voice recognition is also a key feature of the new wearable. If owners want to ask the watch a question they can just say ‘Ok Google’ to find out any information such as taxi numbers, flight times and alarm settings. Control over other devices such as your smartphone can come from the Android Wear device.
Health and fitness is an increasing trend in the smartphone market, and Android Wear offers fitness apps with real-time speed, distance and time information, as well are exercise goals, reminders and fitness strategies.
Developers can download a developer preview starting today (18 March).