Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) unveiled its first wearable mobile device beyond Google Glass in the form of an Android watch, part of the new Android Wear product line.
"Today we're announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. And we're starting with the most familiar wearable—watches," said the company, via a blog post. In addition to telling time, the watch will offer a range of apps including social apps, chat, preferred messaging and of course, shopping.
The device is voice activated. Users say "Ok Google" to ask questions or get stuff done, like calling a taxi, sending a text, making a restaurant reservation, setting an alarm, researching a product or shopping.
There is a strong health and fitness focus with tracking features similar to the Fitbit Force, and the watch serves as a link to other electronic devices including computers and TVs.
Google announced LG, Asus, HTC, Motorola and Samsung as hardware partners, and The Fossil Group will introduce Android Wear watches later this year, according to reports. LG's G Watch will be the first to market and Motorola's Moto 360 will be available in Summer 2014, according to the company.
There are instructions for developers and new products and information coming rapid fire. According to the Google blog: "We're only at the beginning; we've barely scratched the surface of what's possible with mobile technology."
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