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Google’s Foray in the Wearable Space

March 23, 2014 | About:
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Wearable device seems to be the next big thing that is expected to revolutionize the tech world. Technology giants are investing billions into their R&D to formulate and develop a wearable device that could transform the way things are perceived in this area. Apple’s (AAPL) long been rumored of developing its smartwatch, dubbed as the iWatch. But Google’s (GOO) finally got the head start. Last week the search engine giant announced the release of its Android wearable device.

The company’s hardware partners include Asus, HTC, LG, and Samsung. Obviously there are several questions that have occurred to the tech enthusiasts, which remain unanswered. The smartwatch would hit the stores in this summer. Questions regarding the screen size, resolution, battery life, memory, which android devises would one be able to connect the watch with, would be answered shortly.

Extending the android to wearable devices
Smartphones have become an integral part of an individual’s life. One can rarely think of spending a day without staying connected. But this is just the beginning of connectivity. Today tech giants are trying to keep people connected through various solutions, be it while you’re driving, or when you’re walking, or in a crowded bus, and other similar situations. The Android wear is Google’s smartwatch which will help you beyond just knowing the time.

It would keep you connected to the smartphone in your pocket, and reduce the need of taking it out every time there’s some notification. One can chat, add photographs, make post, and receive all updates and notifications from the social app. The device can also take care of the user’s fitness and health issues by giving real-time information regarding speed, distance covered, and time taken while walking, running, or cycling. The Android powered wearable would extensively rely on Google Now.

Apple close behind
There are huge speculations that Apple is also developing the smartwatch. The Cupertino giant is said to unveil its much awaited creation this year. Other than the normal features, Apple is also adding a health-tracking app called the HealthBook to help monitor fitness issues. One would be able to measure health metrics such as "bloodwork, heart rate, hydration, blood pressure, physical activity, nutrition, blood sugar, sleep, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and weight."

Apple’s not the pioneer to introduce fitness devices as some of them that measure blood sugar level, and track heart rate are already in the market. The company is designing the iWatch with the intention of adding some high tech advanced features that would keep it ahead from similar products, including the Android wear.

Last word
The Apple and Google war on wearable devise is just around the corner. Each player is stressing hard to provide uniqueness in the product. Apple’s had a brilliant history of creating amazing products. Of course it’s had its share of plunges. Google too is keen on getting the advantage of a fresh market with virtually no biggie at the moment. This would be of great benefit for the company. But once Apple enters, things would turn quite competitive. The wearable device space is in its nascent stage. It would be interesting to see how each player works around to create its dominance in the market.


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