Some exciting news has come out of the SXSW( South by SouthWest event) this morning. It look as though Google may be looking to launch an open SDK for the Android wearable platform. The announcement came up this morning by Google’s Sundar Pichai who is the Vice President of Android, Apps , and Google Chrome, who says that the SDK will be ready to go and will get an official Google launch in just two weeks from today. The official statement from Pichai was: -In two weeks we are launching the first developer SDK for Android, that will lay out the vision for developers in how we see this market working.-
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Now that we know the SDK is coming, we have to wonder what sort of other confirmations we’ll get from Pichai or anyone else at Google regarding the matter. We have already heard rumors that Google will be working LG on the Google Smartwatch, perhaps in the weeks to follow either company will confirm that this is actually the case. Even if it is true, LG may not be the only one to release a smartwatch working off of the Android Wearable OS this year. Since it will be an open SDK fairly shortly, that means that other OEMs will have the chance to work with the software packages to complete a wearable product and release it to the public. Wouldn’t it be nice to see an official Google Smartwatch in partnership with LG, and then multiple other wearable products from OEMs like HTC, Motorola, and others as well? Whatever the case, we might at least get to see the rumored Smartwatch that both Google and LG are working on together at this years I/O event in San Francisco. There’s only a few short months to go before many of us will be touching down at Google I/O 2014, and excitement is certainly rising to see what Google may have to offer and compete with other OEMs in the wearables space.
We’re sure to see some cool things inside the official Google Smartwatch, but arguably what might be more intriguing is the fact that Google is making this SDK open and releasing it to the public for use with OEMs and Third Party Developers. One thing is for sure, it really is going to be an exciting year for the wearables industry.