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Google reveals Android wearables SDK is imminent

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Mon Mar 10 2014, 13:34
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INTERNET GIANT Google's Android SVP Sundar Pichai has revealed that the company will release a software development kit (SDK) for wearables within the fortnight.

Speaking at the South By Southwest conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, Sundar announced the imminent arrival of "Android for Wearables".

He told conference attendees, "When we think of wearables, we think of it as a platform. We see a world of sensors... Sensors can be small and powerful, and gather a lot of information that can be useful for users. We want to build the right APIs for this world of sensors."

Google's own wearable Google Glass is scheduled for release during 2014 and rumours of a Google Now watch persist, despite there having been no word from Google about whether the device exists. There is talk of a collaboration with LG that might be revealed at the Google I/O developers conference, but Google hasn't announced anything yet.

Pichai was keen to point out that the release of the SDK represents an opportunity to go beyond glasses and watches, describing them as "the tip of the iceberg".

Apparently the SDK will represent a framework model for the Internet of Things, the vision of smart gadgets that are able to interconnect. The Internet of Things will be the topic of a debate at The INQUIRER that starts next week.

So far Google has been playing it cool about releasing its own products, wearable or otherwise, and has even hinted at the end of the Nexus range, however its release of a wearables SDK will make it easier for third parties to produce wearables running Android. µ


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