Google officially announces Android Wear for smartwatches, launching this year

Even as Google continues to develop its Google Glass computing eyewear device, the company is also jumping headfirst into the smartwatch industry. Today, Android Wear was officially announced, which Google says will extend its popular Android OS to the wearable computing market.

Google's blog states that Android Wear will allow smartwatches to offer users the latest notifications for many apps, such as the newest posts on their social networking accounts, chat messages, the latest alerts for news, shopping deals and more. Users of Android Wear-based products can also speak into the devices to sent texts, make a restaurant reservation or call a cab. As you might expect, the products will also support a number of health and fitness apps. Finally, Android Wear products can tie into other devices so they can control videos on a television or music off a phone.

Google has already released a developer preview version for Android Wear, which will allow app creators to modify their notification features for those devices. The first such Android Wear products should go on sale this year. Google says Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung are already developing their own Android Wear smartphones, along with the well-known watch maker Fossil. Broadcom, Qualcomm, Imagination, Mediatek and Intel will provide some of the hardware inside those watches.

Motorola has already revealed its Android Wear product will be called the Moto 360, which it says will go on sale sometime this summer. Engadget reports that LG will launch the G Watch this year as well. Hardware specs for both products, as well as prices, have yet to be announced.

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Ew, there's a piece of sh*t on my wrist *flicks it off*

No, but seriously, good going for the guys at Google. Now I'll just sit back, relax and wait for launch of one of these stupid things and start reading about how Google's OS prompts the watch to probe my veins and check my blood type, then spam me with "donate blood" ads. You'd think I'm sarcastic, but I'm not xD

Gornot said,
Ew, there's a piece of sh*t on my wrist *flicks it off*

No, but seriously, good going for the guys at Google. Now I'll just sit back, relax and wait for launch of one of these stupid things and start reading about how Google's OS prompts the watch to probe my veins and check my blood type, then spam me with "donate blood" ads. You'd think I'm sarcastic, but I'm not xD


Lol and if your pulse goes to zero, it will show coffin ads

Here is my observation on these. For some it will be absolutely pointless others maybe not. For me, I see no big advantage of this mainly because my phone is always in plain site or close enough to me to not need these notifications. Now for fitness, which for me would be biking I could see this being useful, but not much better than any of the other fitness watches out there.

Now for women who have their phones in their purses I can see there being a use, or lets say for those in a meeting or the elderly who forget to check their phone. Unfortunately though whats been designed currently is no where near appealing to the groups I mentioned. Everything that has been designed so far either looks too techie or too masculine to appeal to those who really could benefit.

I just don't see this catching on with the current teens/young adults as they/we are already too plugged into our phone life. The main reason I stopped wearing a watch was because my phone was always near me and could tell the time.

IMO for smartwatches to sell (or let me rephrase that: for me to consider buying a smartwatch) they would have to do something that my smartphone doesn't do already. So far they seem to be doing just the same in a different way.

It might be convenient for some, but that's about it.

Now, if the watch would notice that I flick my wrist while my phone is ringing and drop the call, that's the kind of stuff that might get me insterested.
And it's not just about smartphones: how about being able to use it when I'm giving a presentation, interacting with the slides through specific relative movements of my hand?

ichi said,
IMO for smartwatches to sell (or let me rephrase that: for me to consider buying a smartwatch) they would have to do something that my smartphone doesn't do already.

Agree, I stop wearing watch for over 8 years, and I am not planning to buy one any time soon. I keep scratching the surface from hitting it against the wall, or other hard surface. I have my iphone to tell me the time, weather, maps.
I'm content with just my iphone.

is it me or did this all start from a rumor that apple were making a watch?? for me pebble started the smart watch linked to your iphone.

Samsung? So will users be able to install Android Wear on their Gear models or are those all obsolete already?

Am I the only one who thinks these smart watches are super lame?

They don't offer any functionality beyond a limited subset of what's already available on you phone, but force it onto this teeny tiny screen. And worse, you are still tied to having a phone for this thing to work, so it's not even a real phone replacement anyway.

It's a fashion accessory.

While Android and it's partners are leading in this space, Microsoft is laying in wait til all of Google's partners and Apple release their smart watches. Microsoft will then create, market THEIR watch.....and will later wonder why no one buying it. #LateForThePartyAsAlways

VictorWho said,
While Android and it's partners are leading in this space, Microsoft is laying in wait til all of Google's partners and Apple release their smart watches. Microsoft will then create, market THEIR watch.....and will later wonder why no one buying it. #LateForThePartyAsAlways

Microsoft is just watching the scene and waiting, like a penitentiary guard in the tower. Then when the time comes, inject 10 billion dollars in a new device that nobody will see coming and destroy all competition in a blink of an eye... damn! MS are ####ing geniuses.

VictorWho said,
While Android and it's partners are leading in this space, Microsoft is laying in wait til all of Google's partners and Apple release their smart watches. Microsoft will then create, market THEIR watch.....and will later wonder why no one buying it. #LateForThePartyAsAlways

Honestly, quit trolling around.

Microsoft had MSN smartwatches years ago and they dropped it because it wasn't successful. I highly doubt that smart watches will be the next big thing in mobiles.

VictorWho said,
While Android and it's partners are leading in this space, Microsoft is laying in wait til all of Google's partners and Apple release their smart watches. Microsoft will then create, market THEIR watch.....and will later wonder why no one buying it. #LateForThePartyAsAlways

Right, because you know exactly what's going on inside Microsoft. If you knew anything about MS Research, they've already had prototypes for quite some time now. But, they have no reason to release anything if it it's just going hype and make them lose money instead. If there's nothing innovative about it (i.e. as the video above showed for Android), then there's no point. It's better they focus on their core products and services.

WinRT said,

Microsoft is just watching the scene and waiting, like a penitentiary guard in the tower. Then when the time comes, inject 10 billion dollars in a new device that nobody will see coming and destroy all competition in a blink of an eye... damn! MS are ####ing geniuses.

I guess you we not around at the time of MS SPOT.....

WinRT said,

Microsoft is just watching the scene and waiting, like a penitentiary guard in the tower. Then when the time comes, inject 10 billion dollars in a new device that nobody will see coming and destroy all competition in a blink of an eye... damn! MS are ####ing geniuses.

Just like they did with smartphones and tablets then. And they sure destroyed the competition all right (Nokia).

Gungel said,
Microsoft had MSN smartwatches years ago and they dropped it because it wasn't successful. I highly doubt that smart watches will be the next big thing in mobiles.

They also had tablets with Win XP 10 years ago. The iPad still managed to set sales records.

recursive said,

They also had tablets with Win XP 10 years ago. The iPad still managed to set sales records.

The point is that Microsoft isn't late. They are almost always way too early, and hampered by their lack of in-house manufacturing and dependence on risk-adverse OEM partners to get anything started.

rfirth said,

The point is that Microsoft isn't late. They are almost always way too early, and hampered by their lack of in-house manufacturing and dependence on risk-adverse OEM partners to get anything started.


What I would say that MS problem was that both the earlier Smartphones and Tablets were aimed at a business audience; what Apple did was to popularize the original MS concept shifting the emphasis on consumers therefore creating primarily consumption devices rather that ones aimed at production. MS was, eventually, only late at rebalancing the targeted audience.

Meh, still not interested in these smart watches. Smart watches is probably one area in technology where I don't want to move forward with.
Still proud to be strapping my classic casio.

Same. I want nothing to do with this. Its being forced onto the market by companies desperate for the "next big thing." There isn't any organic demand for them.

I don't even get the point of a cassio. OR any kind of wrist-watch/wear.

I am SURROUNDED by time. It's on my computer, my phone, my tablet, my car, my microwave, my cable box, my alarm clock, the bank sign I drive past every day... why do I need a completely redundant device on my wrist? At MOST, it saves me, what, two seconds it takes to pull my phone out and look? (I don't even have to tap anything on my phone... it always displays the time, so it really is just a quick glance and done).

I don't *get* the point of these or why anyone would want one. Or even a regular watch. It's just one more thing to spend money on that you don't need, and just one more thing to have to remember to wear, take off, and not lose. Ugh. Completely pointless.

pmbAustin said,
I don't even get the point of a cassio. OR any kind of wrist-watch/wear.

I am SURROUNDED by time. It's on my computer, my phone, my tablet, my car, my microwave, my cable box, my alarm clock, the bank sign I drive past every day... why do I need a completely redundant device on my wrist? At MOST, it saves me, what, two seconds it takes to pull my phone out and look? (I don't even have to tap anything on my phone... it always displays the time, so it really is just a quick glance and done).

I don't *get* the point of these or why anyone would want one. Or even a regular watch. It's just one more thing to spend money on that you don't need, and just one more thing to have to remember to wear, take off, and not lose. Ugh. Completely pointless.


Well, I've had my casio (it's spelled with one 's') long before I had my first mobile phone, computer, tablet, car, cable box, etc.
A regular watch is something which remains attached to my arm all day and every day, so I don't have to look anywhere else for time. If I'm walking to class, there it is on my arm. If I'm late to a meeting, there it is on my arm. If I'm swimming and checking the lapse time, there it is on my arm. If I'm counting time outside of a room or anywhere without a clock, there it is on my arm. I do carry my smartphone everywhere I go (well, not swimming), but then I'd have to physically take it out of my pocket or bag, turn it on and then I'll see the time. and etc....

You getting my point? Having a watch on my arm really is just more convenient for me, even if it does only save me a few seconds.
And I've had one ever since I was in pre-k, so I can't easily let it go and I don't think I want to.

But you still have to remember to put it on EVERY morning (ugh, one more thing), take it off EVERY night, and otherwise DEAL with it. I gave up glasses when I got lasik, and I gave up my watch when I realized I was surrounded by time.

And if you have a Nokia Lumia, you don't need to turn it on to see the time. You just glance at it. I bet I can check the time just as fast with the phone in my pocket as you can with your watch (especially if you're wearing anything with sleeves).

I wore a watch for years. But I gave it up almost two decades ago, and haven't missed it for a minute since.

I never have to take my watch off, bed or shower, so not sure what the point here is unless someone has a cheap watch that isn't water resistant.

Oh and not all Lumia's have the Glance screen, my Icon is notably lacking that particular feature, and quite a few other smart phones do not have a similar feature at the moment.

And giving up glasses because of LASIK, I am sure they told you reading glasses are in your future. ^.^

I think the number of people wearing watches that they sleep and shower in is infinitesimally small and you're grossly exaggerating your own experience and projecting it out to the larger population there. Sorry. I can't imagine anyone does that, to be honest.

I still fail to see the point of such things. In my eyes, it's just another gizmo to keep track of, another potential source of data theft/loss, privacy issues, etc...

(1 Year later) "I gotz muh Windows Watch Home Edition ordered but I might upgrade to Windows Watch Home Premium, what do you guys think?"

Dot Matrix said,
I still fail to see the point of such things. In my eyes, it's just another gizmo to keep track of, another potential source of data theft/loss, privacy issues, etc...

Android has been around for several years now. I don't recall reading of any data theft/loss, privacy issues, whatsoever. #EasilyPanicked

Dot Matrix said,
I still fail to see the point of such things. In my eyes, it's just another gizmo to keep track of, another potential source of data theft/loss, privacy issues, etc...

Yea, I dont see myself ordering/using one anytime soon. Just not need for it. But of course, I said the same thing about cell phones. If people adapt to them then they will become more popular and just a normal device. Like cell phones.

VictorWho said,

Android has been around for several years now. I don't recall reading of any data theft/loss, privacy issues, whatsoever. #EasilyPanicked

Lost/stolen cell phones?

VictorWho said,

Android has been around for several years now. I don't recall reading of any data theft/loss, privacy issues, whatsoever. #EasilyPanicked

Then you're not reading the right sources, android is the #1 securityless mobile OS in the majority of devices due to how it reacts when certain devices are plugged into it. It doesn't mean ALL android devices are vulnerable, but the majority of all android devices are, nor does it mean other mobile OS's aren't vulnerable to such exploits too.

VictorWho said,

Android has been around for several years now. I don't recall reading of any data theft/loss, privacy issues, whatsoever. #EasilyPanicked
Ha, that's funny. How do you think Google makes all those billions in revenue each year? By giving away their 'open' OS for free?

Dot Matrix said,

Lost/stolen cell phones?

I have lost more personal information (addresses, numbers, appointments, other contact information, birthdays, etc) in my old paper diary then I have with my phone. My phone is encrypted and locked and I can remotely lock and wipe it should I need too. I can't/couldn't do that with my diary.

VictorWho said,

Android has been around for several years now. I don't recall reading of any data theft/loss, privacy issues, whatsoever. #EasilyPanicked

You must be joking. Are you?

AsherGZ said,
Ha, that's funny. How do you think Google makes all those billions in revenue each year? By giving away their 'open' OS for free?

The fact that you say whatever your claiming is device dependant proves it has nothing to do with Android itself.

AsherGZ said,
Ha, that's funny. How do you think Google makes all those billions in revenue each year? By giving away their 'open' OS for free?

Google makes their billions by ADs. That is where the majority of their income comes from, not the Android OS.

AsherGZ said,
Ha, that's funny. How do you think Google makes all those billions in revenue each year? By giving away their 'open' OS for free?

I believe something like 95% of their revenues are directly related to advertising. They make next to nothing on traditional hardware and software.

PhilTheThrill said,

I believe something like 95% of their revenues are directly related to advertising. They make next to nothing on traditional hardware and software.

Yup. The only ones currently making billions off of Android alone is Samsung and Microsoft.

Dot Matrix said,

Hence I said "another potential source of data theft/loss"

You may want to double check the post I replied to, you stated:
"Lost/stolen cell phones? "
Now it is unquestionable that whatever people loose there is a risk of data loss/theft but, on average, a laptop contains by far more data than a smartphone.

nickcruz said,
so this is basically notifications based on your google plus account? nothing innovative if you ask me.

Things are not always released with the comment or intention of being innovative.

LOL.. guy yelling at his watch on the bus.. I still feel uncomfortable using voice search outside of my house in general. I don't think these devices are really for me.

Same here. Obviously we seem to be in the minority, but I always feel a little self conscious using a phone in public. I'd sure as hell never use Google now etc

Lachlan said,
LOL.. guy yelling at his watch on the bus.. I still feel uncomfortable using voice search outside of my house in general. I don't think these devices are really for me.

I'm going to start to use it at work to reply to text messages from colleagues, as it's much quicker to dictate a reply.

techbeck said,
True, but if the circle image looks pretty cool . Just a concept tho but it looks like a normal watch.

that one below is ACTUAL watch that will be sold soon

Yeah, I always forget in what city I am. Also is good to know how many calories I burn when I blink my eyes... gotta buy five.

WinRT said,
Yeah, I always forget in what city I am. Also is good to know how many calories I burn when I blink my eyes... gotta buy five.

you are target audience then...

duddit2 said,
I want a watch (time keeper) to display the temperature larger than the time, temperature is far more important!

I stop wearing watch for over 8 years, and I am not planning to buy one any time soon. I keep scratching the surface from hitting it against the wall, or other hard surface. I have my iphone to tell me the time, weather, maps.
I'm content with just my iphone.