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Google Launches ‘Android Wear’ Making Official Move Into Wearables

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Google is officially in the wearables game. The company has announced Android Wear, a version of the operating system designed specifically for wearable devices. To start with, the system is made for smartwatches, and Google is moving aggressively to make itself the key name in the new industry.

The company has released two videos that show off what the watch’s interface will look like, and from what we’ve seen, it’s very impressive. In addition, Motorola and LG have already revealed their first Android Wear smartwatches, which look more attractive than any smartwatches to date. Motorola’s first device is featured in the picture above and the videos below.

There are several key features that have been announced. Of course, fitness is a key component. Google says that you’ll be able to get “real-time speed, distance and time information on your wrist for your run, cycle or walk.” Naturally, that means Google Maps will be built in so that you’ll be able to get directions directly from your wrist.

The company will also be using Google Now in the watches. Automatic, passive reminders will be sent to users via their smartwatch. The watches will also connect with Android smartphones so that you’ll be able to get all the notifications that you want from apps you have installed on your phone.

Google isn’t offering specific details on when to expect to more details about Android Wear — or what other devices will use the system in the future — but a preview of the operating system is available now so that developers can make sure their app notifications will work with Wear.

You can expect to hear much, much more about Android Wear at Google I/O from June 25th to 26th, which is just a couple of months away. Of particular interest, is Google’s plans to use Android Wear in other devices beyond smartwatches.

Read the full story at: theverge.com

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