Google pronounces Android Put on, a Nexus-like platform for wearables
Google’s moving into smartwatches in a slightly giant method. As beforehand reported, the search big is extending its Android platform to extra wearables than simply Glass. In a weblog submit that went out in the present day, Google introduced Android Put on, which is actually a approach for the corporate to increase its cellular OS to a brand new class of units whereas providing a decrease value for builders and customers — assume Nexus for smartwatches. In fact, smartwatches are just the start, Google acknowledged that there is a lot extra to return, however it was ” beginning with probably the most acquainted wearable.”
One of the crucial eye-catching options we have seen up to now is identical all the time-listening expertise that we have loved on the Moto X. Anytime you’ll want to do one thing together with your watch, simply say “OK Google” and the whole lot from pulling up close by fuel stations, to restaurant reservations are only a fast voice command away.
However there’s extra to Put on than simply placing voice search in your wrist. Because the rumors have recommended, it pulls in contextual updates as nicely, identical to Now — placing the facility of its preemptive search a fast look away. Clearly it additionally pulls in notifications from messaging apps like Hangouts or your social networks. However the actual energy lies within the capacity for builders to increase their purposes to your Android-powered smartwatch. For instance, Google is already promising that “favourite health apps” will supply actual time velocity and distance monitoring. (Get on that RunKeeper!)
We’re nonetheless ready to get particulars on particular watches, however options like these (and lots of extra) should be extremely energy environment friendly to make sure your new fancy piece of digital jewellery truly lasts longer than a day. Anticipate to start out seeing units engaged on the brand new platform someday subsequent quarter (as luck would have it, Google I/O might be held on the very finish of that quarter). And, fingers crossed, perhaps Google will announce that Now’s opening as much as third events as a part of its wearable push. Builders can go join a preview of the Put on SDK right here.