Today Android introduced the Android Wear Developer Preview. Now that Android, the mobile OS development arm of Google, has officially stepped in to the wearables market; it’s safe to say the smartwatch race has just gone nuclear.
In the released video, folks from Android explain that the Android Wear program will “work with consumer electronics manufacturers, chip makers, and fashion [designers to] foster an ecosystem of watches in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes”. A new UI (user interface) was designed to take into account the smaller form factor of watches (as Android is typically found on phones and tablet), and revolves around using lots of voice actions and Google Now integration. There’s also a mention that the device would be “reactive to your surrounding” which clearly suggests use of GPS and calendars to push data dependent upon your schedule and where you physically are.
The Android Wear Preview SDK is available for developers now and can be found here: Android Wear. Take a look at the short official video below. There is another concept video available showing the potential of Android Wear in everyday use that can be found here. What do you think about this announcement? Do you think this spells the end to competitors like Samsung’s Galaxy Gear watch? Let us know in the comments below!