Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Google beat Apple to launch wearable computers, magic wristwatch.

Google has beaten Apple to unveil its plans for wearable computers. The firm yesterday launched its 'Android Wear' project which will give developers a special version of Google phone and tablet software they can run on watches and other devices.
It showed off two concept watches, available in round  and square versions, that respond to voice commands and also have a touchscreen.

The firm also said it is working with LG, Samsung, Motorola and others to include the software in their watches.
'Watches are good at telling time, but imagine having useful, actionable information there precisely where you need it, automatically,' said David Singleton, Google's head of Android Engineering.
'We are working wit watch makers, fashion brands and chip companies.'

The firm said the move into wearables was an obvious one. check out what it can do below
  • The Google watch has both a touchscreen and voice recognition.
  • It can:
  • Control Music
  • Display texts and emails
  • Reply to texts using voice
  • Show directions
  •  Display alerts such as flight details and appointments from Google's Now service
  •  Receive posts and updates from social apps,
  • Show chats from messaging apps
  • Show normal app notifications
'Most of us are rarely without our smartphones in hand,' said Sundar Pichai, Google's Android boss.
'These powerful supercomputers keep us connected to the world and the people we love.
'But we're only at the beginning; we’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s possible with mobile technology.
That’s why we’re so excited about wearables—they understand the context of the world around you, and you can interact with them simply and efficiently, with just a glance or a spoken word.
'Today we’re announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables,' Pichai said.
'And we’re starting with the most familiar wearable—watches.
'Going well beyond the mere act of just telling you the time, a range of new devices along with an expansive catalogue of apps will give you useful information when you need it most.
'Android Wear shows you info and suggestions you need, right when you need them.'


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