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Google on Tuesday took the wraps off of Android Wear, an initiative aimed at creating a variant of the company's Android mobile operating system that is specially adapted to meet the needs of wearable devices.

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Motorola's Moto 360 Andoid Wear-powered smart watch | Source: Google


Android Wear will provide hardware partners with access to frameworks for mobile notifications, "OK Google" digital assistant support, built-in health and fitness tracking, and two-way synchronization with Android handsets. The company is also planning third-party application support and envisions an "expansive catalog of apps."

Google will focus its energies on smart watches at first, with other wearables likely to follow if the new platform proves successful. Clothing and accessory maker Fossil, one of the largest manufacturers of so-called "fashion watches" in the world, has signed on to produce one of the first Android Wear-powered smart watches later this year.

"Although still very much in the formative research and development stage, we are committed to playing an active role in the push toward wearable technology and helping to shape the fusion of fashion and technology, Fossil strategy and marketing chief Greg McKelvey said in a release announcing the brand's participation.

Alongside Fossil, a number of consumer electronics and component companies are already on board. Among those announced are manufacturers Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung as well as semiconductor firms Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm.



The announcement comes just under one month after whispers began to emerge of a Google-powered "Nexus" smart watch that would act as a demonstration of Android's capabilities in wearable devices, much like the company's Nexus handsets and tablets do. Google bought smart watch maker WIMM Labs last year in what many believe was a move aimed at preempting Apple's eventual entry.

Android has already made its way onto consumers' wrists in the form of Samsung's first-generation Galaxy Gear smart watch, which was largely panned by critics and faced lackluster sales. Samsung's second attempt dropped Android in favor of the homegrown Tizen operating system, and there is no word on whether the company will consider returning to the Google stable in the product's next revision.

Google has another horse in the wearable race, an Android-powered augmented reality headset called Google Glass. Pundits have lauded Glass for its potential, but reaction has been more muted when it comes to the device's current capabilities.
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Fear of missing out.

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Now this looks awesome. Can't wait to get my hands on this.
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It will be interesting to see if the rumored Apple smart watch will be better or worse than this Google product.

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Android wearable = competition

 

Amazon steaming set top box = competition

 

C'mon, Apple.  Your turn. 

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This is nice. Now I hope Apple comes out with its solution and an encryption wrap around it that no one, including Apple, can't access all your connected data.
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Everyone on the Verge is shitting their pants over this concept pic. Why, just because it has a round display? How much information can you really display there? I can already tell I'd be squinting to see stuff displayed there, especially in the sun. And there was no mention of battery life, release date or price.
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Now this looks awesome. Can't wait to get my hands on this.

Said no one ever.

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I'm actually shocked at what it might look like. While there's been all these different concepts including bands with scrolling displays, some flexible, this one actually looks like. . .

a watch. Maybe everyone else has been over-thinking it.
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Fear of missing out.

Missing out on what exactly? Wearables have been around for years and have only been growing each year. Heck, last year wearables made about $8 Billion dollars last year and projected to be around $20 billion by 2017. As far as I know Apple doesn't have a wearable at all on the current market.

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Said no one ever.

Actually I'm seeing tons of people talk about this all over right now. Not everyone want's and Apple believe it or not.

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Until we see one of these in the wild, this is still just a concept video. Call me when this is a real thing. 

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Until we see one of these in the wild, this is still just a concept video. Call me when this is a real thing. 

 

It's real. And, at first impression, seems perfect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dnerqDWwVgg

http://moto360.motorola.com/

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I love it the way Apples competitors are copying them even before their product is out.

Just kidding.

I'm salivating for the Apple watch like a Pavlovs dog. As for Fossil, I see watches like that as basically disposable, but that makes it easy for developers to start.
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Actually Apple is letting Google and Amazon at el do all its product testing lol

 

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Android wearable = competition

 

Amazon steaming set top box = competition

 

C'mon, Apple.  Your turn. 

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Doesn't look like  concept watch, if it is getting  released in summer.

Finally SmartWatch that I can think of spending some money. Only missing Apple logo.

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This Moto 360 is looking really nice. http://youtu.be/dnerqDWwVgg
If it looks like that and functions well I might buy one.
Edit: looks like it will launch this Summer
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This Moto 360 is looking really nice. http://youtu.be/dnerqDWwVgg
If it looks like that and functions well I might consider buying one.

 

The functioning is the most brilliant part of this entire concept.

Android introduced actions into their phone notifications with 4.3 that allowed notifications to include quick actions, graphics and and expanded view all from within the notification itself. Android wear takes those advanced notifications with their actions and pushes them to the watch. Developers don't have to do anything and their apps will be 100% compatible.

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The functioning is the most brilliant part of this entire concept.
Android introduced actions into their phone notifications with 4.3 that allowed notifications to include quick actions, graphics and and expanded view all from within the notification itself. Android wear takes those advanced notifications with their actions and pushes them to the watch. Developers don't have to do anything and their apps will be 100% compatible.

That's awesome. Well looking forward to it 1smile.gif
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Missing out on what exactly? Wearables have been around for years and have only been growing each year. Heck, last year wearables made about $8 Billion dollars last year and projected to be around $20 billion by 2017. As far as I know Apple doesn't have a wearable at all on the current market.

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This is the cure for geeks with not enough gadgets. Meanwhile, the rest of the world continues to wait for the next iPhone.

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You answered your own question.

Maybe I read to much into you OG comment. I just hate seeing people say that everyone is coping Apple in this particular segment. Wearable have been around for a long time.

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Do we really need this product?
Will this product add something to our life?
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I'm actually shocked at what it might look like. While there's been all these different concepts including bands with scrolling displays, some flexible, this one actually looks like. . .

a watch. Maybe everyone else has been over-thinking it.

Or, more likely, google is under-thinking it, as seems to be their MO. Put out a half thought out concept and let the market figure out the details.

   

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post #26 of 107
Cool, still a novel concept, but predictable. Not very original. Style is certainly going to be a significant aspect of e watches, more so than other tech products, but this concept doesn't make much sense to me. Watches were round because this is the best use of space for a device with rotating "hands." The usable space is very small relative to a squared off area.

Hilarious, there're more troll posts on this thread than legitimate ones. Get a life people.

   

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post #27 of 107

Motorola Moto 360 coming this summer. Oh yeah, that is simply GORGEOUS!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

http://motorola-blog.blogspot.com/2014/03/moto-360-its-time.html

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I consider myself a pretty forward thinking person when it comes to tech, and I'm sorry but I just don't see the implementation in most of the scenarios this video showed as being appealing enough for mass popularity. I guarantee that there is a niche group but I just don't see it being huge. Nobody is talking to their watch out in public, the same way people aren't generally using Siri out in public. Nobody is taking that watch on a surfing adventure (unless waterproof maybe). The question that needs to be asked is what problems does having a smart watch solve that are otherwise a pain is the butt OR could be done so much better that a person feels the need to spend extra money on one. Trust me, I'm a fan of the innovation in this area because it's good for all of us....but I just haven't seen THEE smartwatch to usher in the category properly.
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Google will just throw anything at the wall to see if it sticks.  They are a one-trick pony.

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Doesn't look like  concept watch, if it is getting  released in summer.
Finally SmartWatch that I can think of spending some money. Only missing Apple logo.

Do you work for Motorola? Who are you? Something's fishy.
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Missing out on what exactly? Wearables have been around for years and have only been growing each year. Heck, last year wearables made about $8 Billion dollars last year and projected to be around $20 billion by 2017. As far as I know Apple doesn't have a wearable at all on the current market.


So if you back out actual *watches* (non-smartwatches) from those $8 billion. What was the market worth last year?

 

My guess would be much less.

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It's real. And, at first impression, seems perfect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dnerqDWwVgg

http://moto360.motorola.com/

Nothing is real until it is on the market but I agree the concept does look very, very good. But that's just looks. That's pretty fancy graphics. How visible will that screen be in bright daylight or on a dark night? How long will the battery life actually be? And I noticed that none of the images/video provided show a functioning watch, so how can it be real let alone perfect. And I'm curious as to the two analog watch faces shown in these demos - one with standard hour/minute/second hands and a second that had additional dials, apparently for alternate time zones. Are these just projections or real movements underneath the display screen? Either way, pretty tricky to pull off.

 

Sorry but Motorola has a concept but nothing real.

 

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post #33 of 107

Lets match the sunset color with a flesh tone. Great use of Photoshop and Aftereffects. I can do that too, plus futures cars, intergalactic miniature  space modules that can transverse blackholes .... endless

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I consider myself a pretty forward thinking person when it comes to tech, and I'm sorry but I just don't see the implementation in most of the scenarios this video showed as being appealing enough for mass popularity. I guarantee that there is a niche group but I just don't see it being huge. Nobody is talking to their watch out in public, the same way people aren't generally using Siri out in public. Nobody is taking that watch on a surfing adventure (unless waterproof maybe). The question that needs to be asked is what problems does having a smart watch solve that are otherwise a pain is the butt OR could be done so much better that a person feels the need to spend extra money on one. Trust me, I'm a fan of the innovation in this area because it's good for all of us....but I just haven't seen THEE smartwatch to usher in the category properly.

I haven't seen a reason to buy a watch yet. If my watch was a wireless music-to-my-ears music player designed for fitness it'd be a little interesting. At least Apple are apparently cramming lots of sensors into their watch for people with blood pressure, breathing, blood sugar, health, fitness concerns. All I see here is a bunch of gimmicks. "Open garage door"? Really? You still need to buy an automatic garage door. Jelly fish warning? You never checked on magic seaweed before you left? Annoying teens dancing with loud music in the line? Replying verbally out loud on a public train? Seriously? Almost as obnoxious as Google Glass. Do something interesting!!
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Now this looks awesome. Can't wait to get my hands on this.

 

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Said no one ever.

 

Nice try. Lots of people are saying so. Me who doesn't even like wearing watches for one. Pebble, Gear, all the rest so far are suddenly reduced to "only a geek would wear this" prototypes that belong in a museum next to my Casio calculator watch from the '80's.

 

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I'm actually shocked at what it might look like. While there's been all these different concepts including bands with scrolling displays, some flexible, this one actually looks like. . .

a watch. Maybe everyone else has been over-thinking it.

 

You may be onto something there, Watson... :)

 

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The functioning is the most brilliant part of this entire concept.

Android introduced actions into their phone notifications with 4.3 that allowed notifications to include quick actions, graphics and and expanded view all from within the notification itself. Android wear takes those advanced notifications with their actions and pushes them to the watch. Developers don't have to do anything and their apps will be 100% compatible.

 

Which gets to a central pillar of the Android Wear concept:  More than aimed at Apple, this is one of Google's pre-emptive moves to cut off Samsung's Tizen OS at the pass.

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post #36 of 107

Awesome. All these companies coming up with wearables just to get in the game without any real clear vision of what to do. Even Google doesn't know exactly where wearables will go and have produced a half-finished product (then announced it) just to try and jump the gun on others.

 

This is what Apple loves - everyone making all sorts of junk and they come along with a market-changing product that shows just how pathetic all these other devices really are.

 

It also shows the difference between Apple and everyone else - Apple works on something in private and only release it when it's good. Everyone else releases half-baked products followed up by a second generation device only months later (Samsung Gear) or announces vaporware that's only in the prototype stage (Google Glass or Android Wearables) and let other people come up with the ideas on how to use them.

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post #37 of 107
All these ands those need internet connection. Good luck getting info that quick and that smooth! Try browsing internet on your phone while moving from one cell tower to another in quick succession from low to high to non coverage.
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I will be getting one because it works well with my job. I work as a supervisor at a call center for a wireless carrier and ironically phones are not allowed due to the fear of people taking pictures of customer information. So with this I can keep my phone in my pocket and get my notifications.
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Originally Posted by SirLance99 View Post
Not everyone want's and Apple believe it or not.

 

Not everyone understands the concept of a single-company forum, either.

 

Originally Posted by SudoNym
Google will just throw anything at the wall to see if it sticks.  They are a one-trick pony.

 

Your sentences contradict.

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I can break your arm if I apply enough force, but in normal handshaking this won't happen ever.
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Maybe I read to much into you OG comment. I just hate seeing people say that everyone is coping Apple in this particular segment. Wearable have been around for a long time.

Just because there were smartphones before the iPhone doesn't mean companies didn't copy the iPhone after it came out. But companies don't like admitting what they did, so their lawyers and fans created the great "Apple never invented anything" narrative to justify it.

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