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Android Wants You To Talk To Your Watch

New developments from Android could result in the world's smartest watch

By Emma Chong Johnston | Published: 21 Mar 2014

Photo: Android

In a video that looks like a montage straight out of Dave Eggers’ The Circle, Android has announced that soon you’ll be able to run your world from your phone – except that it’ll be a watch.

“Today we’re announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables,” said Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome & Apps in a statement on Android’s blog.

“And we’re starting with the most familiar wearable – watches. Going well beyond the mere act of just telling you the time, a range of new devices along with an expansive catalogue of apps will give you: Useful information when you need it most; … Straight answers to spoken questions; … The ability to better monitor your health and fitness; … Your key to a multiscreen world.”

It’s like Siri, but with the ability to count calories, open garage doors (see 1:18), identify music, warn you about jellyfish and respond to the command, “Okay Google.” The artfully shot video and the beautiful people in it make a watch-that-you-talk-to seem like a natural part of life, but we’re not convinced yet that it’s definitely in the realm of reality. Still, interesting stuff from Android – why talk to yourself when you can talk to your watch?


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