It’s finally official, Google is getting into the smartwatch market with the launch of a new operating system that has been designed specifically to be used with wearable devices, however mostly for things like smartwatches.
The OS has been named Android Wear, and will allow users to access “real-time speed, distance and time information on your wrist for your run, cycle or walk,” as well as use Google Now right from their wrist, allowing the user to quickly glance at any reminders, or even notifications from their connected Android smartphone.
The OS will also work with the “OK Google” voice search, and will even feature some sort of multi-screen functionality, that Google say will allow the use to use a voice command in order to cast a video to Chromecast or even control video or music playback from their phone.
Google won’t be making a watch itself, and will instead be working with a number of current Android partners like Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung on the devices, which could make for an interesting 4th Samsung Galaxy Gear, however that is still yet to be seen.
LG have already announced their partnership with Google on smartphone OS, revealing their work on their own smartwatch that will feature the OS in the following statement:
“The opportunity to work with Google on LG G Watch was the perfect chance for LG to really pull out all stops in both design and engineering,” said Dr Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.
“With the LG G Watch, LG is continuing the milestones we’ve set in wearables following in the footsteps of the world’s first 3G Touch Watch Phone in 2009 and the Prada Link in 2008. We’re confident that a well-designed device has the potential to take the smart wearable market by storm.”
Google has yet to provide any specifics on the OS, however they have already made a preview available to allow developers to make sure there app is ready for the OS, so it could be possible that we might see something physical soon.