As Sundar Pichai stated at SXSW less than 2 weeks ago, Google has released their Wearables SDK. They are dubbing this as “Android Wear” which sounds better than a smartwatch or activity band. In their blog post today, they also stated that they are working with a ton of partners to bring plenty of Android Wear powered wearables this year. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see one or two at Google I/O in June.
“Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring you watches powered by Android Wear later this year.”
So it appears that just about every manufacturer who has been rumored to be making a wearable of some sort this year, is working with Google on their new Android Wear platform. Which is a great thing. It’s going to be interesting to see how everything works on this new platform and if it’s any better than the current smartwatches out there like the Sony Smartwatch 2, the Pebble, and the Gear 2/Gear 2 Neo.
If you’re a developer and are looking to get in on the developer preview, you can head on over to developer.android.com/wear and download the SDK. This will also allow developers to bring their existing app notifications to watches that are already running Android Wear. So it sounds kinda like what Pebble has done. But it also means we are going to get a lot more apps on Android Wear a lot faster, now that there is an “official” platform. It also appears that Google has made it easy for developers to move their apps over to Android Wear which is a big deal, I think.
I’m definitely excited to see these wearables come to life. How about the rest of you? Be sure to let us know in the comments down below.