Google: Android SDK For Wearable Devices to be Launched in 2 Weeks

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | March 12, 2014 5:26 PM EST

Google will be releasing a Software Developer Kit (SDK) for wearable devices in couple of weeks.

According to Cnet, Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, announced this news in a panel discussion with John Battelle.  This SDK will enable the third-party developers to create Android software for wearable computing devices.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch

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Pichai said the idea is to take Android beyond the smartphone and tablet arena and plunge into the multiscreen world. He added a big question at Google is how the company will successfully pull off that kind of expansion.

He talked about the company's plans to be included in several cars in the coming years, and about how powerful sensors are becoming ubiquitous. Initially, it will be in fitness devices, but soon in a variety of other technologies. He noted he wants to create APIs for those sensors, and as such, the SDK for wearables is a big first step, as reported by Cnet.

But Google knows that mobile phones still establish a big opportunity and Pichai lauded the full range of phones (from the lower to the higher end) that can lead to the next billion users.

He also lauded Google's willingness to let people use Android for free. He cited the companies require licensing if they want to build Android devices with Google services on top of the OS.

When asked about auto manufacturers implementing Android, Pichai noted in today's world, many choose to stick to Apple's iOS. But he equated the approach to walking into a hotel room and finding that an in-room stereo system only works with iOS devices.

"They're probably losing at least half of their users," he said.

According to Gigaom, with wearable devices market (like smartwatches) being relatively new and to continue gaining popularity, developers entering this arena could be more likely to look to Android, which enjoys a huge user base for Android phones and tablets.

By making Android-powered wearables go hand in hand with their mobile counterparts, users could improve the overall experience. Although Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch (with Android OS) did not live up to the expectation, this SDK might be the missing link and help lead the wearable devices' user experience in the right path.

This proves one thing: wearable technology and in-car infotainment are expected to be the next big things in the tech industry. Pichai said we might have to wait a little more than a week to get more information on the planned SDK.

Did Samsung's Tizen push Google to come up with Android SDK for Wearables? If so, can Google outdo Samsung in the wearable devices war? What do you think?

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch
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