Google has just announced Android Wear, an operating system built with wearables in mind.
The key feature of Android Wear is Google Now - Google's smart service that analyzes your data and shows you information when and where you need it. Google Now can tell you if your flight has been delayed and let you know when the package you're waiting for has finally shipped out. It even understands your voice so you can call your girlfriend when your hands are busy fixing that leaking pipe under the sink. You can ask it a question and get the answer displayed directly on your smartwatch's screen. Google Now is like a personal assistant on the wrist.
Because Android Wear was tailored specifically for wearables, it comes with a new simplified interface and an array of fitness features. It can turn your smartwatch into an advanced health tracker and coach that will remind you about workouts and give you speed, distance, and time information for your morning run.
The software was engineered to work with wireless devices, too. It allows you access and control your TV or desktop speakers from your wrist. Just say a command and it will start streaming your media over the internet.
Android Wear is proof that Google treats the developing smartwatch market seriously. I would even take it one step further and say that the company is going to enter it and release its very own wearable. It would most likely be a simple and affordable device designed to bring smartwatches to the masses. Future will tell, but even now I can smell potential in the air. Without a shadow of doubt Android Wear will continue to evolve and with features like Google Now, it is destined to succeed.