Google demoes Android Wear notifications

In a Google+ post, Senior Developer Advocate at Google Timothy Jordan highlighted how notifications will be handled on Google's upcoming Android Wear platform.

Basically, any app that serves notifications on your Android smartphone or tablet can be extended to show notifications on a wearable device running Android Wear with minimal effort. Jordan mentioned by adding a few lines of code, devs can "deliver even richer experiences on the wearable by using stacks, pages, and voice replies."



The notifications are identified by the app icon, which is featured in the top right corner. The notifications themselves seem to take up the lower half of the screen, with Google also demoing a right-to-left swipe gesture that allows you to view longer notifications over multiple screens. If you're interested in knowing how these notifications can be enabled, check out the video below:

What are your thoughts on Android Wear? Are you excited about upcoming smartwatches like the LG G Watch or the Moto 360?

Source: Google+, Via: Engadget

Harish Jonnalagadda
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  • I want the 360 Posted via Android Central App
  • It is damn sexy. Posted via Android Central App
  • They really need to take my money now... Posted via my Nexus 5 in the Android Central App
  • You can have one as soon as next week. You just have to take a video of yourself smashing a One+ One to get an invite.
  • When is any of the Android wear coming out?? Posted via Android Central App
  • Hopefully, we'll see something concrete announced at IO here in a few weeks.
  • I'm curious if we as users will have control over the notifications we see. Just because I have an app on my phone doesn't always mean I want to see the notifications for it on my wrist. Posted via Android Central App
  • It probably works the same way notifications work now. If you disable them in the app they won't show on the phone or watch.
  • The current standard is: if the notification makes a sound or vibrates, it goes to your wrist. If it's not important enough to do either of those things, it doesn't.
  • I would imagine you can control that by a app on your device much like martian uses on their watch's, use your phone app (guessing there may be a app called android wear, or something of sorts on the phone) to toggle the notification on or off.
  • I use the Gear 2 and I can choose which apps shows on my watch under the Notification setting page.
    I took only those who are important (yahoo, gmail, text, Skype, etc)
  • Kidney for Sale... anybody interested?
  • Moto 360 looks very interesting...but it has to be priced right for me to buy it. To me, it's an accessory, and I don't think it's going to have an accessory price tag. Posted via Android Central App
  • wasn't it $249 according to the contest they posted?
  • I believe you are correct. It was said to be 249.
  • They also said it was just there for legal purposes and that wasn't necessarily the actual price. Posted via Android Central App
  • Correct. That's just what some lawyer stuck in there for legal/tax purposes. No guarantees that that will be the final MSRP. I *hope* it will be, but we don't know yet. Here's hoping Google/Moto announce something at IO...
  • I think it looks great, but not worth the extra over an easily obtained and replaced Pebble. Posted via Android Central App
  • $249 was for tax purposes. Motorola made a statement that the $249 did not reflect the total price. Posted via Android Central App
  • Ordered a Toq last night for $199. It does the voice response as well. We'll see what I think. $249 or even more is a bit steep for the $360 imho. Depending on what it can do, I might be swayed...
  • I can't wait for these watches to come out they need to come out before the iwatch or else they will be sued for copying the iwatch if apple releases it first Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm a bit puzzled by the decision to limit notifications to the bottom half of an already tiny display area. This seems to work directly against the drive is to make smart watches more "glance-able."
  • You raise a very good point. Maybe they will allow a feature for full screen notifications or an "Active Display" like thing similar to the Moto X. For people with eyes that aren't the sharpest, this can definitely be an issue. Posted through my Nexus 7!
  • Agreed, I was also thinking the horrible (IMO) super low contrast light-grey-on-white font Google insists on using these days is particularly bad here for the same reason. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'll just buy the 360 + Android Wear and place them next to my Gear 2 on my wrist.
    Sky's the limit
  • You should probably also have the Microsoft smart watch as well.
  • No matter how good out looks on a Smart watch I doubt any one would enjoy seeing a "emergency, there is smoke - office" notification from their Nest Posted via Android Central App