Google Unveils Android Wear, A Special OS For Smartwatches

The age of wearable computing starts now. While smartwatches from various vendors have been available for a couple of years now, we finally have a big entrant in the field.

And no, Samsung does not count — Galaxy Gear is much too unrefined a product.

Google has officially unveiled Android Wear, a version of its operating system custom designed for wearable devices. The first flavor is targeted for smartwatches, and along with announcing a number of features, the company has released a video that shows off the interface.

Take a look at the clip below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrqZl2QIz0c

And here is another one, with more of a focus on developers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xQ3y902DEQ

Fitness, obviously, is the key feature here. Google brings information like speed, distance and time every time a user runs, cycles or walks, in real time. Another important element is the integration of Google Now in these watches.

Users will get automatic and passive reminders to their smartwatches, and these devices will also connect to Android smartphones and bring all notifications from apps installed on the handset.

The search engine giant, however, is not alone in this interesting new field.

Both Microsoft and Apple are said to be working on similarly innovative projects, with many voices suggesting that the two companies will unveil their own solutions before the year is out.

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