Yesterday Google officially announced Android Wear, the version adapted from Google’s mobile operating system for wearable devices, mainly for smart watches that are growing in popularity putting, being the first smartwatches with Android Wear bike 360 and LG G Watch.
Still have to wait until this summer to bring to market the first clocks with Android Wear. During this time Google will improve the Android SDK Wear and developers can now make compatible its applications thanks to the prior version of the Android Wear.
Android Wear, all the information on our wrist
Android Wear It is a version of Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) with a fully touchscreen interface and functionality tailored to devices wearables that simply allows you to view and interact with the notifications our Android device and see useful information depending on the context. For the time being it will not have own applications installed.
Currently the Android Wear Preview supports watches with round display with a circular resolution of 320 x 320 pixels and watches with screen block with resolution 280 x 280 pixels. Still have not offered the first devices specs, but they seem to have a processor dual core, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0 and some sensors. Many hope to have at least one heart rate monitor and pedometer.
As we have seen before, Android Wear currently only will offer us notifications, information and some basic actions, to divide the interface into two main areas: one in which we will have a list of notifications and contextual information-style Google Now, and another paragraph to request information and take action with our voice.
List of notifications and contextual cards
In the main view of Android Wear We’ll see the time, access to perform commands voice and our list of notifications and contextual cards with useful information. With a vertical displacement we’ll see all notifications and cards, and with a shift to the left to see more information and actions of a certain card. With a shift to the right it will completely remove a notification card from the list. Notifications will always be synchronized between our Android and Android Wear, if we discard it in a device will be discarded at the other.
In this context “Stream”, we will receive all notifications that reach us at our Android device and applications we can suggest cards with information that we could be very practical at that time. For example, in addition to the notifications of messages and calls, Google Now show us their cards of the time, sports results, flights and cia, and a sports application will show us the calories that we consumed, among other examples.
In many of the notifications they will offer us a series of actions to interact with them, such as reply with voice or predefined messages to a message, control the music player our Android, or get directions to an address.
All notifications shall see them in Android Wear and with the same actions appearing in the notification of our Android. Developers who wish to give a correct support to Android just Wear will have to implement the voice input, Add if you want more pages to a notification y stacked notifications of the same application. In some notifications will offer us the action of opening the application on our Android so that nothing but our mobile unlock will see the open application as if we had pressed the notification from the mobile itself.
Cards and actions on demand
So far we have seen the section in which we only receive notifications and information coming from our non-us Android device to request it. To perform actions and information expressly already have to use their voice commands When you click the icon of the ‘G’ of Google.
By clicking on the “G” or to say “Ok Google” already we will ask expressly apply actions to create notes, set alarms, send messages, get directions, play music, identify songs, put a timer and more. When moving upwards this view to see the list of supported commands.
Android Wear in the coming months, and before the official launch of the first devices, added more features to make more complete and useful Android-based sundials.
In the near future they added the ability for developers to customize the interface of the cards and that these may run activities, collect data from sensors to display them in real time, third-party applications to use voice commands, and that can send data and actions between Android Wear and Android with the API data replication and RPC.