It has been rumored for a while that Google and LG are working together to develop a Nexus smartphone and the Mountain View-based giant just introduced Android Wear, a program that aims to bring Android to wearable devices. The search engine giant will team-up with electronics manufacturers and other companies to develop smartwatches powered by a lightweight version of Android, which will require lower hardware specifications.
According to a post on the official Android blog, Google will develop the first Android Wear devices with the likes of HTC, LG, Asus, Motorola and Samsung. The same post also reveals that chip makers like Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm are joining the Android Wear program, as well as well-known watch makers like Fossil.
The first smartwatches powered by the new, fast, and lightweight Android version will see the light of day later this year.
With the announcement of Android Wear, Google also released two videos meant to give us an idea on how the Android-powered wearables will look like and behave. Besides allowing the user to receive messages, weather information, traffic information, to view appointments, or see how much calories they burned, the Android Wear smartwatches will also allow them to open their garage doors (minute 1:16 of the first video) which might be hint that the wearables will also have support for the technologies developed by Nest Labs (the home automation company purchased by Google earlier this year for $3.2 billion).
The second video is build around the voices of two Android execs that worked on the Android Wear project and aims to detail some of the tasks the new smartwatches can be used for.
Along with the below videos, Google is releasing an SDK preview for Android Wear today, so the developers can “tailor existing app notifications for watches powered by Android Wear.”
Are you looking forwards towards the smartwatches that will be developed using Android Wear? Will they be more popular than the likes of Galaxy Gear or Sony Smartwatch? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.