In four weeks time Google IO will begin. At each IO Google announce and show off something new. Something that they believes shows off their software best. This year a product rumoured to be released is an Android Wear watch (or two). Earlier this year they released an sdk for Android Wear but still no specific details on how the actual Android Wear watches will work. LG, partners with Google for the past two Nexus devices, have been working with Google on the G watch. We also have the Moto 360, a stunning piece of bling.
Today a Google developer, Timothy Jordan, (with Google’s blessing I am sure) shared some images of his favourite notifications on Google+. While not giving much away they do tell us that any app will be able to access the Android Wear watch/device. We can see a Nest notification, the control icons for a music app, the calendar app as well as one of those annoying notifications from a game.
One of the coolest parts of Android Wear is how it extends the Android platform to a new generation of devices out of the box, without any need to update your app. If you have a notification-enabled app, those notifications will generally just work on your new wearable.
It’s striking how useful these notifications are and easy to imagine how much more valuable they could get with a little bit of additional development. With just a few lines of code you can deliver even richer experiences on the wearable by using stacks, pages, and voice replies.
It seems that Google are trying to help developers to incorporate these types of notifications into their apps for Android Wear. I am speculating that they have their Android Wear device (LG G Watch) ready to go for Google IO and want to make sure that developers have their apps ready as well, looking and functioning as Google think they should. I believe this is their way of giving them a gentle nudge in the right direction.
This year could be an expensive year with Android Wear, Nexus devices and flagships galore all coming soon. Are you looking to invest in an Android Wear device? Which one?