In Short

Apparently, some of us can't help but look at our phone every couple of minutes. When all notifications are treated the same, everything and nothing is important. For some, moving those notifications to the wrist makes it easier to check in to the digital world without being completely removed from the real world. That was the original goal for Android Wear, Google's smartwatch platform which powers many different watches. And like all things Google, it has evolved over time to be much more than a place for notifications on a different part of your body.

Android Wear brings Google into the small space, in a big way

With Android Wear on your wrist, your smartphone is extended in several unique ways. Fitness apps can log your activity more accurately, turn-by-turn navigation becomes a glance away, and things like To-Do lists can live on the always-on display to keep you from regularly waking your phone to check. For the perpetually connected, it takes the dozens of simple tasks you perform every day and removes a few steps.

But Android Wear is about more than just extending Android, it's also about extending Google. The intense focus on AI and machine learning has turned Android Wear into a tool for better automating parts of your life. Apps launch automatically based on routine, Google Now presents information about calendar events and traffic when you need it, and the Google Assistant is always a button press away so you can control the rest of your Google experience.