Designer watches might be a little obsolete now since since when people used mobile phone devices. Nevertheless Google opts to create a wearable computing.
The debut of three Android Wear smart watches was the highlight of Google’s annual developers conference at Moscone Center on Wednesday.
These were not the walkie-talkie watches made famous by comic book cop Dick Tracy. The LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, both available for advance orders immediately, and the upcoming Motorola Moto 360, are basically small smartphones with wrist bands, capable of ordering a pizza, monitoring heart rates or checking the weather.
And with that computing power, Google wants to bring a “seamless, contextually relevant experience that follows consumers around 24 hours a day.”
“Android Wear gives you what you need right when you want it,” said David Singleton, Google’s director of Android engineering, during the 2 1/2-hour keynote.
Google outlined Android Auto, which is a new name for Google’s previously announced connected car initiative. The platform syncs Android devices with cars that Google said will start rolling off dealer lots later this year.
With Android Auto, drivers could access Google Maps, music playlists and incoming messages using a car’s control buttons and voice-control software that Google is refining.
Google also used the conference to introduce Android TV, taking the platform into television set-top boxes and directly into some of next year’s TV models made by Sony, Sharp and TPVision.
Android TV is an advance on Google’s Chromecast streaming video dongle, which went on sale last year, although Google failed to crack the market with Google TV.
Google hopes the 6,000 developers attending the two-day conference, and an estimated 1 million more who are watching it online, spread the Android Wear gospel and build products that work with the platform.
Google gave those in attendance either a Samsung Gear Live or LG G watch to take home.
Google is battling Apple for supremacy in the smartphone and tablet markets, and the competition is heating up between the two for control of the home and the car.