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Android Wear is a version of Google's Android operating system designed for smartwatches and other wearables By pairing with mobile phones running Android version 43 or newer, or iOS version 82 or newer with limited support from Google's pairing application, Android Wear integrates Google Now technology and mobile notifications into a smartwatch form factor It also adds the ability to download applications from the Google Play Store

Android Wear supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Ficonnectivity, as well as a range of features and applications Watch face styles include round, square and rectangular Released devices include Motorola Moto 360, the LG G Watch, and the Samsung Gear Live Hardware manufacturing partners include ASUS, Broadcom, Fossil, HTC, Intel, LG, MediaTek, Imagination Technologies, Motorola, Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei, Polar and TAG Heuer

In the first six months of availability, Canalys estimates that over 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches were shipped As of 15 January 2016, Android Wear had between one and five million application installations Android Wear was estimated to account for 10% of the smart watch market in 2015


  • 1 History and Compatibility
  • 2 Features
    • 21 Notifications
  • 3 Version History
  • 4 List of Android Wear Devices
    • 41 Coming Soon
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

History and Compatibility

The platform was announced on March 18, 2014, along with the release of a developer preview At the same time, companies such as Motorola, Samsung, LG, HTC and Asus were announced as partners On June 25, 2014, at Google I/O, the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch were launched, along with further details about Android Wear The LG G Watch is the first Android Wear smartwatch to be released and shipped Motorola's Moto 360 was released on September 5, 2014

On December 10, 2014, an update started to roll out, adding new features including a watch face API and changed the software to be based on Android 50 "Lollipop"

The LG G Watch and Gear Live started shipping in July 2014, while the Moto 360 began shipping in September 2014 The next batch of Android Wear devices, which arrived at the end of 2014, included the Asus ZenWatch, the Sony SmartWatch 3, and the LG G Watch R As of March 2015, the latest Android Wear devices are the LG Watch Urbane, and the Huawei Watch

On August 31, 2015, Google launched pairing application for iOS version 82 or newer, allowing limited support for receiving iOS notifications on smartwatches running Android Wear As of September 2015, only the LG Watch Urbane and Huawei Watch are supported, but Google announced support for more smartwatch models


Options include a screen always on feature and a "tilt to wake screen" setting, to light the screen automatically

Users can find directions by voice from the phone, choose transport mode, including bike, and start a journey While traveling, the watch shows directions, and vibrates to indicate turns by feel

Via Google Fit and similar applications, Android Wear supports ride and run tracking "OK Google, start a run" On devices sporting the needed sensor, heart activity can be sampled automatically through the day or on demand "OK Google, what's my heart rate" Step-counting, calorie expenditure etc are also monitored These features work within the Fit ecosystem, allowing integration with companion devices and applications The watch reinforces achievements with cards noting goal attainment, when a goal is near, summaries of heart, and body activity

Users can use their Android Wear Watch to control their phone Music can be requested for instance, "OK Google, play the Rolling Stones" The screen then shows a card for play-control, volume, skip, media images, allowing music to be controlled from the wrist with the user free to move


The vibration engine alerts users about important notifications originating from a user-selectable set of applications Wear provides multiple options for replying, including Google Voice for dictating responses to email including third-party email applications like Type, and spoken or drawn emoticons

Intelligent notifications from Google Now are supported including traffic, flights, hotel check-in, meeting alerts, location- and time-based reminders, weather and sport, stocks, flight status, boarding passes, restaurant bookings, etc

Users can receive messages sent to them via Google Hangouts, and respond with a voice message Users can also set the alarm by using 'Okay Google' on Android Wear Currently new SMS can be initiated from the watch Wear 511 supports drawing to reply, which uses AI to interpret the user's sketch as an emoji character Search by voice is fully supported Google Now searches such as "How tall is Nicole Kidman" result in Knowledge Graph cards appearing on screen, with options to open the search result on another device

If the phone's camera app is activated, the screen is relayed to the watch, and the user can control the shutter, and view photos on the watch Third-party applications support using the phone camera as a streaming device, or more varied camera control

Events appear as cards on screen "OK Google, show my agenda" will display the user's agenda Watch faces also support marking out appointments for instance with contrasting color to show periods with an appointment, and/or illuminating a lighted "count-down" line for upcoming appointments

Note taking is fully supported via Google Keep and other note-apps, as is marking-off check lists etc Via voice commands such as "OK Google, remind me to call Roy at work", or "Remind me to baste the chicken in 25 minutes" the user can create location and time-based reminders, set alarms, timers etc which appear on the watch at the appropriate time or place

Many applications have been released, with developers such as Evernote etc creating new functionality on the watch:for instance, handing off notes to the watch screen when the user turns off their phone screen Location-based applications like Foursquare show suitable nearby venues, allow check-in etc

Version History

  • The original version 10 was launched 25 June 2014 on Google I/O
  • Version 13 was launched 20 August 2015 The main new update was the addition of interactive watch faces

This version of Android Wear, based on Android 50 Lollipop, added new features such as Wi-Fi connection to compliment the Bluetooth on capable models, and introduced improvents in speed and battery life

  • Version 14 which is based on Android 601 Marshmallow, was launched on the 4th of February 2016 The most important new features included more gestures, the ability to send voice messages directly from the watch, and speaker support for calls, music etc
  • Version 15 brought minor bug fixes and returned the ability to restart watch from the settings Android security patch level is also present in the About screen
  • Version 20 was announced at Google I/O 2016 on 18 May 2016 New features include standalone apps, which can be downloaded directly to a watch running Wear 20 using the Google Play Store for Watch, handwriting recognition, a keyboard, dark background for OLED watch displays and a new, redefined circular user interface The Wear 20 Preview currently supports only the LG Watch Urbane Second Edition LTE and Huawei Watch

List of Android Wear Devices

See also:List of smartwatches
  • Asus ZenWatch
  • Asus ZenWatch 2
  • Asus ZenWatch 3
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Fossil Q Founder
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Huawei Watch
  • LG G Watch
  • LG G Watch R
  • LG Watch Urbane 1st generation
  • LG Watch Urbane 2nd generation
  • Michael Kors Access
  • Moto 360 1st generation
  • Moto 360 2nd generation
  • Moto 360 Sport
  • Polar M600
  • Samsung Gear Live
  • Sony SmartWatch 3
  • Tag Heuer Connected

Coming Soon

  • New Balance Smartwatch
  • Nixon Mission Launching Fall 2016

See also

  • Google portal
  • Android Auto
  • Apple Watch
  • Google Glass
  • Pebble


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  40. ^ "Nixon Mission Launch Page" 

External links

  • Official website
  • Android Wear apps in Google Play

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