Once again, Google has stepped out of the box to enter into another venture in the world of internet-related services and products including cloud computing, software, and online advertising technologies. This time, Google enters the world of the wearable market.
In an official blog post on Tuesday, Google announced that it is formally entering into the wearable market through Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables.
“…we?re starting with the most familiar wearable?watches. Going well beyond the mere act of just telling you the time, a range of new devices along with an expansive catalogue of apps,” Google wrote,
According to Google, Android Wear is will give users useful information and suggestions through the latest posts and updates from social apps, chats from referred messaging apps, notifications from shopping, news and photography apps, and more.
Android Wear also has the capability to answer spoken questions just by saying the magic words “Ok Google” to ask a particular question. Google said, Android Wear?also has the ability to monitor health and fitness by hitting exercise goals with reminders and fitness summaries from Android Wear. Fitness applications in Android Wear are designed to give users real-time speed, distance and time information on their wrist, for instance, while running, cycling or walking.
Moreover, Android Wear can also help the user to access and control other devices from his/her wrist simply by saying ?Ok Google?, for example, to play music on ones phone.
Google also revealed that it is already working with several consumer electronics manufacturers, namely: Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; different chip makers like Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brand Fossil Group to bring smartwatches powered by Android Wear in the market later this year.
The official statement of Google ended with a positive tone for the company saying. “we’re always seeking new ways for technology to help people live their lives and this is just another step in that journey. Here?s to getting the most out of the many screens you use every day?whether in your car, in your pocket or, very soon, on your wrist.?