Android Wear – Android for Smartwatches & Wearables

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Google is all set to pioneer a paradigm shift in technology with Android Wear. Taking Android to the next level, Google’s new version of the technology designed for wearable devices like the wrist watch is certainly one to watch for. Android Wear is designed for smartwatches and other wearable devices.
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Android Wear in Action

Android Wear: Gear up

Basically Android Wear is an extension of your Android powered phones and gets you notifications and updates on your wrist watch. It is a full version of the Android so applications can be run directly on the wrist device itself. Similar to the Google Now feature on mobile phones, the “Context Stream” is a stack of updates. You can scroll vertically to browse through updates or horizontally for additional information and actions that can be taken.

“Cue Card” as it suggests help you find information that is not automatically offered to you. You can tap the background of the home screen or simply summon the cue card by saying “Ok Google” and explore available actions or give a voice cue. The recently announced Android L is also integrated to Android Wear, enabling users to unlock their mobile phones without any pin if they are wearing an Android Wear smartwatch or other wearable device running on Android Wear.

Android Wear supports smart phones running Android 4.3 and above. You can get notifications of calls, appointments, and messages as well as news or weather updates on your smartwatch or wearable device. It also supports fitness tracking if the required hardware is built-into your wearable device.

Getting Android Wear on your wrist

If you’re wondering how you can get this technology on your wrist, just take your pick from three Android wearables launched so far, the LG G Watch, Moto 360 from Motorola and Samsung Gear Live.

Android Wear promises to enable you to do much more, and more simply. But its bigger challenge is breaking the mind-set from handset to wrist wear. Can Android break its own near addiction to the mobile phone screen? That’s a big question.

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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article Android Wear – Android for Smartwatches & Wearables was written by Paschal Okafor. The article was last modified: May 23rd, 2016
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