Earlier this month at SXSW, Sundar Pichai had announced that Google would soon be announcing something exciting about the company’s first foray into wearable technology. Today, the company announced Android Wear, a modified Android OS specially built for smartwatches.
In addition to sending notifications to users about emails, text messages and calls and apps among others, Android Wear also boasts deep integration with Google Now. In other words, saying, “Ok Google” wakes the device and it waits for you to give it new instructions. You can even fire up an app on the phone by giving a voice command to the smartwatch. Lastly, like with other wearables, Android Wear also supports fitness and health tracking technologies.
Google today also revealed HTC, LG, Asus, Motorola and Samsung as its hardware partners who will be the first ones to get to use Android Wear, while the likes of Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm are its chip partners.
In the past few weeks we have reported about Google developing its first smartwatch, built by LG. It could very well be the first smartwatch to run on Android Wear.