Android-powered smartwatches on the way

As promised, Google has officially announced its wearables strategy. It's called "Android Wear," and it's all about bringing Android to wearable tech, starting with smartwatches. Much like Google Now on a smartwatch, Android Wear is designed to focus on timely information, delivered when it's most relevant — Google's announcement media mentions social updates, chat updates and notifications from shopping and news apps, for instance.

Naturally the "OK Google" keyword can also activate voice input, just as it does in the Google Now Launcher, allowing you to get answers to spoken questions, or perform other commends like sending text messages or setting alarms. That means voice commands from Android Wear devices can also link back to your phone and, for example start music or movie playback.

And as with rival watches from the likes of Samsung, Android Wear also has a big fitness focus, allowing you to track calories burned, as well as distance traveled, whether you're walking, running or cycling.

For developers, there's a new section on the Android Developers site focusing on getting apps' notifications ready for Android Wear smartwatches, however Google says because the platform hooks into Android's existing notifications system, many apps will work as-is.

And while Google itself hasn't announced a "hero" smartwatch device, it says it's working with OEMs including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung to create devices, chipmakers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm — and fashion brands such as Fossil Group to launch Android Wear smartwatches "later this year."

Hot on the heels of the Android Wear announcement, we've also got news of the first Android-powered smartwatches from LG and Motorola

Source: Google's Android blog.

 
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floriyann says:

I'm curious to see how the UI will be and also what functionalities it will bring. Its gonna be interesting
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Other than what you see in the video?

wicketr says:

Especially considering some watches will apparently be circular, while others rectangular. I'm not sure how you can create a uniform interface and even have apps look/work similarly without having some type of constraints like that.

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Release Nexus watch already google...

still1 says:

where is the Nexus watch???

JFMobile says:

Here's an idea: There's no Nexus watch! Android Wear™ is based SOLELY on Google (obviously). The creation of a Nexus Smartwatch is pointless. What more do you need with the LG G Watch AND the Moto360 plus more watches by HTC, Asus, and even Samsung with the Android Wear™ software to come along.

Mychaiel says:

To me it looks better than any of the other wearables out...

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Its neat more than anything not clunky and not a load of button you don't want - just like a watch but made to the modern day standard

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Sh3ngLong says:

I agree. A watch that actually looks like a watch, and with a much better UI and useful features. I was already set to buy the new Gear, but I think I'm going to wait and see what the OEMs will be coming out with using Android Wear.

kpluck says:

That is probably because nothing in the video actually exists.

I dunno. Typically, when Google releases these types of promo vidoes, the software support for them is right around the corner.

rd_nest says:

You mean something like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPqliPzHYyc

Coz, nothing actually works on my N4 like what they showed in that video.

red.foxx15 says:

Thats odd, my N4 is constantly giving me traffic updates and telling me about places (whether i want it to or not)

Jlav78 says:

Motorola and LG seem to have working prototypes already...

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Userp222 says:

Looks neat but it's also about the watch style to me. My GG does what I need and looks slick at the same time.

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Zig261 says:

i'm surprised you haven't got smacked in the face yet. ;)

NoNexus says:

Why for being right?

brendilon says:

There's nothing slick looking about the GG. It's big and clunky. Not to mention that camera wart...

Decadence13 says:

I like pretty much everything about my GG, including the way it looks...minus the 'camera wart.' But that's not facing me so I forget it's there most of he time.

dustinfrank says:

just shut up and take my money!!

randall2580 says:

You took the words right off of my fingers! Google now on that form factor will be tremendous!

jean15paul says:

^This

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jasongeiger says:

Haven't seen the need for a smart watch personally but this has my attention.

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BB_Bmore says:

⬆⬆⬆this

Mike

jeffreii says:

+1

HighOnHops says:

Love my wearables so can't wait for more to come of this!

Mobius360 says:

OK Google

Now we just need the car controlled by our watch, that must be what the old Android guy is working on when he went into Google Robotics.

Watch looks pretty cool.

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anthonok says:

Yes. Yes a million times

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Dperks17 says:

Yes yes yes yes so much win

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luke31 says:

I have always dreamed of a round smartwatch. I just love round watches. Thus better not just be a concept.

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It is entirely up to the manufacturer and their design.

That is, as long as the Android Wear developers tools allow for a round design.

Jamaar White says:

Moto smart watch.

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IIJBII says:

I can't wait to see what the future of wearable's is. Exciting times!

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Wobblin30 says:

The oval one is elegant

rfmike says:

Please please please Google...make this watch happen soon.....if so i will cancel my pebble Order.

Jamaar White says:

Look at the Moto smart watch.

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jlczl says:

Ok wow, that looked awesome. I'm most definitely getting this 1st day out.

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ProfMike says:

#Ingress... There need not be any other App for me on it :)

Duffin says:

Oh, that's actually an awesome idea! Imagine the watch popping up an alert when you approach a node or something.

Imagine a watch that dies after an hour thanks to GPS pings sucking the life out of it.

Duffin says:

I would imagine the watch is going to be getting the GPS coordinates from the phone, actually. I doubt they'd be able to put GPS on the watch itself.

neonworm says:

Interesting idea.

dkny2kx says:

are true circular LCD screens possible.

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retsaw says:

I'm sure they are possible, whether they are practical to manufacture is another question.

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tdizzel says:

It starts at $299 and only works with Nexus devices :)

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Not really. This is Google we're talking about, not Samsung, therefore it's most likely that these devices will be compatible with all android devices and even beyond.

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rj160202 says:

Sarcasm is not a new thing, bro

Ok, pretty damn awesome. Buying.

DWR_31 says:

What he said.....! ^^^^^^^^^^^

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Seriously going to have to increase my "watch budget".

I wasn't all that interested in smart watches but now..I can't wait to get one!

You need more arms.

Oooo. I like the cut of your jib.

jackwagon06 says:

Porsche edition smartwatch in 3-2-1......

ScottColbert says:

The first smart watch I would buy. It actually looks good.

hisownhero says:

Per the first video on Google's Android blog,

"OK Google, Open Garage"

Nest smart garage door opener in 3...2....

mission_mode says:

Followed by "OK Google, how long is Tony's garage open tonight?"
"Opening Garage"..
"Wait... no..."

NoYankees44 says:

But what will the UI look like?...

Looks like all of the smart watch stuff will use the light card based ui android has adopted.

False_Aesop says:

Want.

Want now!

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TLB69 says:

Piece of junk.I want One(M8) :-D

"I'll stop buying smartphones when they make one smarter than me."Where's the stylus pen for the new One?

jimmyf101 says:

...extending my arm forward and opening my hand to reveal $200 and whispering 'take it'.

BldyIdt says:

Nice! Thanks! ;p

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tonybyatt says:

Game on...

Chris Nacca says:

Guys wondering about the UI.. Watch here : Introducing Android Wear Developer Preview: http://youtu.be/0xQ3y902DEQ

Marco Giunta says:

Still want glass instead of this.

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jackwagon06 says:

This is glass, only on your wrist. From my time with glass, its the first thing I thought of. What I am really interested in , is if it can sync with more than one gmail account at a time. That was the death nail of glass for me, thus I returned it.

Stang68 says:

Awesome! I want one now lol

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Duffin says:

Okay, I'll admit, I'm a bit excited for this. The Galaxy Gear is...okay, but to have a more Android feel and the ability to have actual, you know, apps on my watch would be amazing. My problem with the Gear is there is absolutely NO development for it. I have installed a total of three apps since I got it and only the Evernote app tends to work semi-decently. Even then, it's not all that functional. I really hope this "Android Wear" watch has a lot more functionality than the Gear.

OviMicula says:

The round one looks really cool. Also, the UI looks simple but elegant.

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Jnorton2724 says:

Looks great. See it in 2015 most likely.

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BB_Bmore says:

Google did what Samsung couldn't do. They have me excited over these ⌚ !

Mike

ACADM says:

True enough.

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jackwagon06 says:

They added fitness apps to the watch? And Phone capabilies?

Zig261 says:

What Google didn't do is create their own smartwatch. At least Samsung actually created their own hardware and software.

ScottJ says:

And? What's your point?

LeroyRJR says:

Nice looking piece of equipment, has purchase possibility

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Ikeman90 says:

already sold

I've been debating on a smartwatch for a while now. Think this just made my decision....

Akshay Sihag says:

Great article ......see Facebook Messenger for Android now has ‘free’ voice calling for Indian users
http://www.mydroidstation.com/2014/03/facebook-messenger-for-android-now...

W1zz says:

Give me one in the form factor of the pebble steel and I'll be ready to have my money taken

kitster says:

Here lies PEBBLE (2013-2014)

RIP Pebble!

sting7k says:

I guess I'm not seeing what's so exciting. All I see is my phone shrunk down and put on my wrist showing information that is in my pocket and nothing new.

On2Vegas says:

While I'm not completely sold on a smartwatch (though this has piqued my interest), I can see the appeal in a hands-free, quick glance information device such as this.

jeddo45 says:

....but you'll drool over an iwatch... Because it has an apple logo on it...

Nexus 5...enough said

Is that an "ANDROID" logo comeback I spotted at the end there?

Jacques says:

If and when a Google smartwatch comes out, Google can siphon the money from me. :D

Schwack says:

Wait...how will these watches communicate or obtain data? Will I need another att line???

Deke218 says:

Bluetooth from your device.

Schwack says:

Oh, then that's cool. I can live with that.....just didn't want to get "another line" requirement.

Retinella says:

No. Just...no.

Deke218 says:

Looks nice but I'll stick with my GG for now, This will definitely cut into GG2 sales.

Oh well, no more of me wanting the Gear 2

kreinartz83 says:

Love the home integration tease... "Ok Google, open garage" can't wait! Sorry pebble... Gonna have too upgrade

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md0600 says:

Just hurry and take my money already!

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I want that round one.

sladyrko says:

Love how Motorola watch looks! So classy! Was going back to iPhone but.. But now.. Mehh I won't.. Just gonna buy me LG G3 (maybe) and Motorola Watch and I will be like Mr. Gadget! :D

scribe4food says:

What if someone is sitting next to you on the bus and screams "Ok Google, show me naked photos!" Would the wearable recognize your voice or not?

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ManvDadhood says:

I'm going to do that whenever I see someone wearing one. "Ok Google, Text my wife, 'I want a divorce!'"

I like it.

ManvDadhood says:

I haven't worn a watch in years. Especially with everything that a smartphone does. Now I may not even need to have my phone out with everything that a smartwatch does. The deal-breaker for me will be battery-life. But I actually like the idea of Google Now on my wrist. That is the ONE THING about these "wearable" devices I like.

kelayz says:

Reminds me of the Ubuntu phone and how it works as far as sliding this way does this slide this way to do that. Neat ui

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jomcty says:

Apple just got sucker punched!

Mo ZedEl says:

So the round watch in the video... Is that CGI or the actual watch in action? Cos if it is, I want it. Right now.

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Appears to be the Moto 360.

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Yep, I am absolutely getting one when it comes out - looks AMAZING.

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JSKershaw says:

Google... Take.... My..... Money!!!!

This looks awesome!

mak916 says:

I don't like smart watches, but this, I would buy. I just hope it will be able to sync with any phone. It would also be nice to have a smarty watch that didn't need to sync at all with a phone.

Google should also require all these watches to have an IP67 rating at the very least!

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scotty137 says:

HELL TO THE YES!!!!! TAKE MY MONEY!!!

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Mac58 says:

I like what I am seeing, but I really HOPE they do more than just add pedometer for fitness tracking. I am a fairly active guy and I have been patiently waiting for a android powered fitness tracker that can get my heart rate, steps, sleep measurements, etc and still be a notification center as well. PLEASE ADD THE NECESSARY HARDWARE AND OR SOFTWARE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

ACADM says:

You can get all that from apps in the Play Store.

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Mac58 says:

There are apps in the playstore that proactively track my heart rate and sleep measurements? I dont want to have to go into a app and track my heart rate while Im working out. Thats counter intuitive and productive. It should be getting tracked while I workout so I know when I may be pushing myself too hard. And sleep measurements should actually be done WHILE I sleep... ik sounds crazy right?

baldypal says:

"OK, Google Now" [both watch and Moto X chirp up]

Jamaar White says:

Ha! Didn't think of that.

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Hunter2014 says:

I MIGHT actually have a reason for a smart watch now....apple who?

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havesomejoe says:

Yahoo!!

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Mac58 says:

No this is Google... lol

jean15paul says:

"Dancing? Find out what song this is." What!?! We are through the rabbit hole people! Android Wear FTW!

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Just don't take it to the club, or you'll be hearing about it all night.

Warrenisit says:

Awesome!!! Time for the infancy of wearables to be done with! Excited!!

s2weden2000 says:

ePicness

lucas710 says:

Google knows what's up.

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ACADM says:

It should do its got enough of our data.

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ScottJ says:

Apparently, Google has stolen your ability to construct a proper sentence.

Jamaar White says:

This will be useful for me in school. (I'm a sophomore in Highschool) When I finish my work, I often go on my phone to check news. Now I can just use this and not have to hear about teachers getting mad because I'm on my phone because I finish my work early.

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luniboy26 says:

Moto 360 is calling my name

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btort1 says:

99% of the things shown in the video I will never use....they think smart watches are the new "tablet" when iPad came out

Zig261 says:

That's what people said about the iPad being nothing more than giant iPod Touches when it first came out. Give the watches a chance.

ScottJ says:

If you don't use 99% of the functionality then you are missing out on what Google Now has to offer. Your loss.

yfan says:

Make one in the sub-$100 price range and I'll buy it. For me at least, this is a luxury - an exciting luxury, but a luxury nonetheless. I can frankly interact with my phone just as easily, except when I'm in my car or riding my bike. I'll shell out $100 for that.

zackmack7 says:

This is gonna be awesome

tigeryee says:

I use the Galaxy gear to snap chat

tibbi64 says:

I can't wait till these comes out. Hope they connect over Wifi. And a nexus watch. :)

Not one person in that commercial had a job. People with jobs need to know what time it is, not what beach doesn't have jellyfish.