Android Wear detailed at Google I/O 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

/ by Ritij Khurana
Along with Android L, Android TV, Android One and Android Auto, Google also showcased the Android Wear platform at the Google I/O 2014 event. The Google I/O event brought a developer preview of the Android Wear platform with it which helps us understand it better. It was launched back in March by Google but not much details were revealed about it. Well the I/O event has brought a better level of detailing regarding to what all Android Wear is capable of.

Android Wear

To start off, it will be able for customisations for square and round displays alike. It also has the ability to be your personal health companion as it has support for a slew of sensors with accelerometer and heart rate sensor being the prime ones.

Android Wear is the perfect companion for your Android smartphone. It has voice control and will show you notifications from apps which can be taken a look at with a mere glance. Android L and Android Wear have been integrated pretty well. Google says that on an average Android phone screens are checked roughly 125 times a day so the watch makes checking your notifications easier and time-saving too.

The smartwatches based on Android Wear will be controlled by gestures. A swipe to the left and right will let you go through notifications and cards, swiping up and down will bring down the commands and there’s an option to customise the smartwatch face too as per your liking.

The Android Wear smartwatches will be water resistant and the the notifications will be synced between a phone and a watch. Dismissing a notification on one will dismiss it from the other as well. The watch will vibrate when you get a notification. It will also show information regarding your package delivery using GPS location, count footsteps, Google search and more.

LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and Motorola Moto 360 are one of the first smartwatches based on Android Wear.
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