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5 Things to Know About Google Android Wear

A number of Android smartwatches are in development


In a bid to get a foothold in the wearable computer market even ahead of Apple’s (AAPL) much anticipated entry, Google (GOOG) has unveiled Android Wear, a version of its popular Android operating system specially adapted for wearable devices.

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The early launch of Android Wear could give Google a jump on Apple in partnering with app developers to produce software for future devices. It will also allow manufacturers to launch Android-based wristwatches before Apple brings its own much-rumored iWatch to market, the New York Times notes.

Here are 5 things to know about Android Wear:

  • LG’s G Watch and Motorola’s Moto 360 will be among the first smartwatches to run Android Wear.
  • Google says that other Android Wear-running smartwatches are under development by Samsung, HTC and Asus.
  • Users can use voice commands, preceded by saying “O.K. Google” to control Android Wear devices.
  • Google released Android Wear to app developers this week.
  • Android Wear features the Google Now virtual voice assistant.

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