Google Unveils Android Wear for Smart Watches

As rumored, Google has launched an initiative to bring Android to the wearable device world. ItEUs called Android Wear, and it aims to demonstrate how the mobile operating system can find a life beyond tablets and smartphones.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome & Apps at Google, kicked off his pitch by reminding that most of us are EUrarely without our smartphones in hand.EU He notes that these EUpowerful supercomputersEU keep us connected. Then he declares EUthis is only the beginning.EU

Indeed, as Pichai sees it, the industry has barely scratched the surface of whatEUs possible with mobile technology. And that, he said, is why heEUs so excited about wearables. He explains that wearables, EUunderstand the context of the world around you, and you can interact with them simply and efficiently, with just a glance or a spoken word.EU

Four Wearable Promises

Google is starting its Android Wear movement with watches -- watches that do more than just tell time. Pichai also outlined four key areas of devices and what he called an EUexpansive catalogue of appsEU that will offer four key benefits: useful information when you need it most; straight answers to spoken questions; the ability to better monitor your health and fitness; and a key to a multiscreen world.

EUAndroid Wear shows you info and suggestions you need, right when you need them,EU Pichai explained. EUThe wide variety of Android applications means youEUll receive the latest posts and updates from your favorite social apps, chats from your preferred messaging apps, notifications from shopping, news and photography apps, and more.EU

In terms of straight answers, all you have to do is say EUOK GoogleEU to ask questions. Pichai suggested you could ask how many calories are in an avocado, what time your flight leaves, and the score of the game. He said you...

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