This tip came via iMore… details of a new lineup of wearable technology developer resources from Google for devs that want to design apps for the Android wearable tech market segment
Google has officially announced Android Wear, their new wearable-focused software platform and — no surprise here — they’re starting with the smartwatch. It’s a trendy product category, fueled in no small part by rumors of an impending iWatch from Apple and all sorts of gadgets and bands from tech and fitness giants both. Phil Nickinson writing from Android Central “Google announces Android Wear”:
Much like Google Now on a smartwatch, Android Wear is designed to focus on timely information, delivered when it’s most relevant — Google’s announcement media mentions social updates, chat updates and notifications from shopping and news apps, for instance.
Naturally the “OK Google” keyword can also activate voice input, just as it does in the Google Now Launcher, allowing you to get answers to spoken questions, or perform other commends like sending text messages or setting alarms. That means voice commands from Android Wear devices can also link back to your phone and, for example start music or movie playback.
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The Android Wear Developer Preview provides tools and APIs that allow you to enhance your app notifications to provide an optimized user experience on Android Wear.
With the Android Wear Developer Preview, you can:
- Run the Android Wear platform in the Android emulator.
- Connect your Android device to the emulator and view notifications from the device as cards on Android Wear.
- Try new APIs in the preview support library that enhance your app’s notifications with features such as voice replies and notification pages.