Instead of launching a single smartwatch, Google has announced a new platform for wearable devices called Android Wear.

android wear Google announces Android OS for wearable devices

In an official blog post, Google announced Android Wear, a modified version of the Android OS that is designed for wearable devices.

One of the many features Google has included in the Android Wear platform is always-on listening. You can issue voice commands by just saying “OK Google”, like sending a text, making an online reservation, getting weather information and much more. The functionality is based on the idea that it is easier to issue voice commands than directly interact with the smaller screen on a wearable device.

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Fitness tracking is also another key area of the Android Wear platform, with the ability to get “real-time speed, distance and time information on your wrist for your run, cycle or walk.” Google Now integration means that you will see relevant cards based on your location. In addition, you can also view text, call and email notifications from wearable devices. You can also use your wearable device to control and access other devices, like the Chromecast.

Google has mentioned that Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung, along with Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, MediaTek and Qualcomm will be bringing out several wearable devices later this year that utilize the Android Wear platform. Fossil is also said to be making a smartwatch that will be unveiled later this year.

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Motorola has already announced the Moto 360, a smartwatch that looks more like a traditional watch. Motorola has announced that the device will be available sometime during the summer, around the same time as the Moto X 2. LG has also thrown its hat in the ring with the LG G watch, which is also slated for an official launch during the second quarter.

Source: Google, Motorola