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What is "Android Wear"?

Android Wear is a specifically designed version of Google?s mobile operating system that is built to be used on wearable devices such as smartwatches. Android Wear was launched on March 18, 2014 and the first devices running the system (the Samsung Galaxy Gear Live and LG G Watch) were launched at Google?s I/O event on June 25, 2014.

Android Wear is a cross platform operating system that is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or later and Apple devices running iOS version 8.2 and higher. Google has acquired many of the same manufacturing partners it has for smartphones, with the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony, Huawei, Motorola, ASUS, and TAG Heuer all building smartwatches running Android Wear.

Android Wear comes with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support, and offers an array of fitness oriented features to work with sensors on a device. The platform supports different watch faces, and alert notifications for calls, texts, emails, etc. While only compatible with smartphones at first, some Android Wear devices now support their own 3G radios and can act as standalone devices.

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