News by Andrew Kameka on Monday March 10, 2014.
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There have been rumors since 2013 that Google would release a smartwatch and issue a version of Android tailored specifically for wearable devices. Android SVP Sundar Pichai has confirmed that the latter half of those rumors are true because Google is set to release an Android wearable SDK in two weeks.
Speaking at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, Pichai said:
"In two weeks we are launching the first developer SDK for Android. That will lay out the vision for developers in how we see this market working."
The software development kit (SDK) will make it easier for companies to build non-smartphone devices that run handle Android. Samsung and a host of smaller companies have so far released smartwatch products that run on Android, but they were heavily modified or overly complicated. The new SDK will establish standards that will better suit wearable devices.
Pichai was sure to stress that the SDK is about more than just smartwatches, saying that Google thinks "more broadly" than that, which could mean the SDK supports everything from activity trackers to glasses. Pichai also didn't say that Google will release a watch as rumors have suggested, but it's clear that Google will support wearable devices running Android, even if it doesn't do it directly at first.source: CNET, via: The Verge
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.