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Wearables are the next big frontier for smart technology. And on March 18, 2014, Google announced its part in it — Android Wear. As the name implies, Android Wear is an Android-based initiative, using Google's mobile operating system and a dedicated software development kit to kick-start the wearables space.

On August 31, 2015, it was announced that Android Wear would also be compatible with iOS devices. iOS users can receive notifications & Google Now cards, as well as use voice commands, using the LG Watch Urbane — with other devices said to follow down the road.

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

Android Wear is starting with smartwatches, but it isn't solely a Google endeavor. Wearables from Motorola, LG, ASUS, Samsung, and Sony have already hit the shelves, with several others expected by the end of the year. Google has said it's also working with other partners, including Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm. Even fashion brands like Fossil are in on Android Wear, and other fashion and luxury brands are bound to follow.

You can think of Android Wear as an extension of the experience we've grown to enjoy with Google Now. And just like with our smartphones, Android Wear will have us talking to our watches. You'll be able to speak to request information as well as reply to information you've already received. Weather info. Chats with friends and family. Direct queries. Direct actions.

Official website | The Android Wear SDK