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Google Android Wear user interface

We’re now less than a week away from Google I/O, and while we’ll have to wait for the show to get underway before we know everything that Google is planning to share, it seems likely that one of the items on the schedule is Android Wear. Just in case you can’t wait for I/O, though, Google has posted an “Introduction to Android Wear” video.

Google says that the goal with Android Wear is to show useful information the moment that a user needs it, but allowing him or her to see it with just a glance. The clip compares the time that it takes to pull out a phone and interact with an app with the time spent checking a wearable, and unsurprisingly, the wearable takes much less time.

Google Android Wear notifications

The new clip also gives developers a basic understanding of what Android Wear is and how their apps can be used on the platform. Google explains that the Android Wear user interface is simple, glanceable and focused on micro-transactions. Devs can have their Android app show notifications on Android Wear without any extra work, but they can also add a few Wear-specific lines of code to enable richer notifications like Stacks, Pages and Replies.

While this video doesn’t reveal a ton of Android Wear information that we didn’t already know, it does give us a nice overview of the platform before we head into Google I/O. The wearables category has been getting pretty big recently, and it’ll be interesting to see how Google’s own wearable offering works and how it compares to existing devices.

Do you plan on picking up an Android Wear device right away or will you wait for the platform to grow and for more hardware to be released?

Via Google Developers (YouTube)


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