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Android Wear launches today, will have plenty of interaction with Android smartphones

News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday June 25, 2014.

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Google today demonstrated what users can expect when they begin using Android Wear. The wearable device will offer users content made for quick glances and time saving updates that would normally take more steps or time when getting that same information from a smartphone. However, the most compelling aspect of what was shared is how Android Wear will interact with Android smartphones. A key example of this is that notifications swiped away from Android Wear will mark the notification as read on the smartphone.

Android Wear will showcase notifications and buzz when emails or calendar appointments arrive. An incoming call from the phone will also show that person's caller ID and give users the option to dismiss. If someone wishes to end all notifications, swiping down from the very top of the screen will enter into a Do Not Disturb mode that ends all vibrating notifications.

When someone wishes to play Music, saying, "Play Chromeo" will start playing the group's latest album and show cover art below song titles and playback controls. Saying "Remind me to take out the garbage when I get home" will create a reminder. Saying "Take a note: Call the garbage company" will create a note in Google Keep. The note then synchronizes to the phone without any extra involvement. It's also further enhanced because the watch is location-aware, so the reminder about taking out the garbage instantly appears when an Android Wear device recognizes when the user arrives home.

Google is launching an Android Wear SDK to increase app development for Wear to further enhance smartphone use. The first devices to use Wear will launch today when the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live go on sale in Google Play. The Moto 360, the circular Android Wear smartwatch, will not go on sale until "later this summer."

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