Google Launches First Android Wear Devices, Featuring Always-On Displays and Card-Based Interface

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    At today's Google I/O event in San Francisco, Google demoed its Android Wear platform and announced availability of the first Android Wear devices. First announced in March, Android Wear is designed to bring the Android platform to a range of wearable devices from several of Google's manufacturing partners.

    As described on stage, Google has designed Android Wear with many of the features and functions that rumors have suggested Apple's own iWatch might include. Android Wear supports screens of multiple sizes and styles, including both square and circular. With its always-on display and card-based UI, it displays information like notifications and location-based reminders.

    Largely controlled by voice via Google Now integration, Android Wear also supports contextual apps that display information at a glance and it also integrates with several sensors, such as those that monitor steps taken and even heart rate on supported devices. It includes Google Maps support, offering turn-by-turn directions on the wrist and it can be used to control other devices, such as speakers.

    Android Wear devices are reliant on a connected smartphone, much like the iWatch is expected to be reliant on the iPhone. Apps that are downloaded from the Google Play Store are able to include a wearable portion, which is automatically installed on a compatible Android Wear device when downloaded on a smartphone, extending available app functionality to the wrist.

    On stage, demonstrations of Android Wear gave a clear idea of what we might expect from other wearables in the future, including the iWatch. A Lyft car was ordered via a simple voice command, with the watch automatically detecting a location. Ordering the car, payment, and update notifications on the driver's location were all displayed directly on wrist, without the need to access a smartphone.

    Samsung Gear Live
    Google announced the release of the full Android Wear SDK, along with the launch of the first devices supporting Android Wear. The LG G Watch is available for order today, as is the Samsung Gear Live, a new Samsung watch that supports Android. The platform's first circular watch taking advantage of the round UI, the Moto 360, will be available later this summer, and additional devices are in development by various partners.

    By focusing on a platform rather than a device of its own, Google has managed to get Android onto wrists several months ahead of Apple. According to the most recent rumors, Apple's much-rumored smart watch won't launch until later this year, possibly at an October event. The iWatch expected to have a strong focus on health and fitness, with more than ten sensors to collect various types of data.

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  2. Dave.UK macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2012
    Kent, UK
    Been watching the Google I/O - They really have excelled themselves this year.

    I hate to say it, but after watching the I/O, it makes it appear Apple take 1 step forward but then take 3 steps back.
  3. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    It will be more awkward now to see people talking to their watches in public.
  4. Ezhik, Jun 25, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2014

    Ezhik macrumors regular


    Apr 28, 2011
    Cupertino (No, really)
    Apple took 1 step forward, but then Google took 5.
  5. Dave.UK macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2012
    Kent, UK
    Why would it be awkward?
  6. Frankied22 macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
    After watching the demo in I/O this is exactly what I hope the iWatch is not. I don't want a clunky 2.5" laggy touchscreen bombarding me with notifications and trying to shoehorn the smart watch experience onto a small screen.
  7. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    Better than seeing people wear Google Glass.
  8. Dave.UK macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2012
    Kent, UK
    Hopefully in a few years you'll find out.
  9. yeah macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2011
    #9 :D

    Putrid jokes aside, I think this is a good step for Google. More competition. :)
  10. captain cadet macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2012
    To be honest I won't be suprized the reason that apple might be holding back is so they can see what exactly is Android Wear, see it's problems and faults, then adjust the Iwatch OS to remove most of these problems - that's why I believe why we have had to wait and that the iwatch is going into production now!
  11. HishamAkhtar macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2011
    I think Google needs to start supporting the likes of LG, Motorola and HTC over Samsung. Samsung and their devices are simply bad for Android because of the experience they provide to often first time Android users.
  12. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Half the demos didnt work, lag in demos, flickering in videos, etc

    The smoothest part was when they demoed something in iPhone 5 lel.
  13. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    I think the only reason we are seeing these watches are because of Apple's rumored iWatch.

    I would have a hearty laugh if no iWatch was released but another product and all these smart watches will automatically stop being developed
  14. Alumeenium macrumors regular

    May 15, 2013
    Fugly stupid wearables

    we want implantables and contact lenses,

    not a goofy looking watch or glasses

    and sorry,

    giving it a burberry watchband still won't wash off the geek stink
  15. blackcrayon macrumors 68000

    Mar 10, 2003
    Looks like a solid presentation from Google, but I don't see how it exceeds Apple's WWDC. Google shows a lot more things at earlier stages of development- which makes it look like they're "doing more".
  16. MisakixMikasa macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2013
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Google wear is not out yet and you can it build a platform overnight. According to your analysis, we would have to wait for other year or two for iWatch. It take even more time for Apple to analysis how Android wear perform and what are the problem then fix the problem.
  17. viizi macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2010
  18. Dave.UK macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2012
    Kent, UK
    Well considering that a lot of the stuff announced is still in development, there is always a risk things could go wrong.

    Unless you cheat like Apple and hard code such as when they announced the iPhone ;)
  19. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Can't tell whether it's the screen that looks terrible or the camera taking the pictures is just terrible.
  20. Bare macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2008
    Google: ZOMG, IN BEFORE APPLE!!!!!!!!!111ONE

    Apple: Yeah, that's never stopped us before -- we didn't invent the smartphone, the tablet, the laptop, etc., but we do okay in those markets.
  21. Reason077 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2007
    Interesting that Google are showing off Facebook integration with their devices in a big way.

    I guess Google+ really is dead.
  22. Dave.UK macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2012
    Kent, UK
    I knew it wouldn't take long for someone to spout this rubbish! :rolleyes:
  23. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    i love the UI of their new AndroidTV. makes the Apple TV look even more dated
  24. shanson27 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 27, 2011
  25. Cali Fornia macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2012
    Vienna, Austria
    I am not hating, but this looks incredibly useless.
    Those few sensors are also very limited in functionality.

    I especially like how they always show pictures of such watches with unrealisticly short sentences displayed – just to make the UI look good and hide the scrolling necessity. I'll just tell my friends now to only message me 3 word sentences on facebook for maximum convenience!

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