First announced back in March, Android Wear was shown off in more detail at Google’s I/O 2014 developer event this week. The software is designed for wearable devices and will be first seen on smartwatches by LG, Motorola and Samsung.
The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live will be available imminently, while the Motorola Moto 360 will come along a little later, towards the end of the summer according to Google.
Google claims people check their phone an average of 125 times per day, and Android Wear is designed to quickly show you information while keeping you engaged with the people you’re actually with.
As previously reported by Mobile Choice, the LG G Watch has an always-on display, made brighter when you lift your arm. The watch shows information gathered from Google Now, Bluetooth connected phone, and apps on the watch itself. Wearers can dictate reminders to the watch, which are immediately synced to their phone.
Do Not Disturb can be switched on with a downward swipe of the screen, muting all notifications sent to the watch. Reminders trigger based on where you are - home, work etc - and information is displayed when needed; flight details and your boarding pass will be the first things on the watch’s screen on the morning of the flight.
Android Wear can record the number of steps you take, as well as your heart rate (with compatible hardware - it was not clear if any of the first Wear devices contain heart rate monitors.
The £180 LG G Watch and as-yet unpriced Samsung Gear Live are available to order from Google Play today, while the Motorola Moto 360 is coming later this summer.
Google says “many more” smartwatches are on the way.