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Android for wearables coming, says Google software boss

Posted in Software on 11th Mar, 2014 12:54 AM by AlexMuller

Google is branching out in the wearable technology market, with the release of a software development kit. It would allow developers to create wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, as well as other connected devices, using the Android operating system.


Google's senior vice-president of Android, Chrome and apps said: "We want to develop a set of common protocols by which they can work together."

The kit would be available in two weeks' time, Sundar Pichai added. Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch did run a version of Android - but after concerns over its interface and battery life, it switched to the Tizen software platform for its latest watch, the Gear 2.
Google Glass is the company's main foray into wearables so far. The device includes eyeglass frames equipped with a camera and small display controlled by voice command. The product is not yet on general sale but is being tested by selected people.
"Google is taking wearables seriously and it wants everyone else to," said John Delaney, vice-president of mobility research at analyst firm IDC. "The industry thinks wearables is the next big thing as sales of smartphones start to plateau in developed markets and this is the latest attempt to build momentum behind it," he said.
"Google would be a competitor in the market but also an enabler if it helps Android developers."

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-11
We all agree that the smartphones are reaching peak as almost everyone has one or two - but hey also becoming smarter and more modular. It is less certain what is the "next big thing" - wearables? May be
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-11
May be not. It was reported recently that tech wearables, particularly those for health and fitness, fail to keep the interest of users for more than a few months. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-11
These statistics should be considered and perhaps more information should be collected. It would be important to find out why people loose interest and whether is this the same for all devices Reply


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