Google Will Update Android Wear For Smartwatches Several Times This Year

By Barry Eitel , Updated Sep 03, 2014 02:40 PM EDT
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Google is planning on releasing several updates to its Android Wear mobile operating system for wearable technology, unveiled for the first time earlier this year. Android Wear is already finding plenty of homes, including the Moto 360 smartwatch from Motorola and the G Watch R from South Korea's LG.

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CNET published an interview with Google's Vice President of Engineering for Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer, who gave some insight on his company's strategy.

"Our approach to wearables is the same as our approach to any of our products," Lockheimer said. "We want to build technology that delights people by improving their lives. So our approach to wearables-- watches, Glass, even our smart contact lens project which is designed to help people with diabetes measure their glucose-is to build things that you use when you need and forget about when you don't."

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Mountain View is focused on taking technology out of the way--Google believes wearables keep you in the moment, not remove you from it. Lockheimer says, "giving you a safer way to get directions, easily share or record what you see, communicate with others quickly, or get the information you need when you need it."

The first update to Android Wear is coming next week, Google claims, with several more planned for the coming months. The company says developers are updating thousands of Android apps to provide a version for Wear.

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