Google isn't the only company betting big on wearable technology. Rumors of an Apple iWatch have swirling for months now. Every tech company wants to be the first to market a game-changing new gadget that will succeed the smartphone in digital dominance.
Android Wear could be that new gadget.
Android Wear doesn't refer to a single smart watch. It's the ultra-lightweight, voice-centric OS that will run on any number of manufacturers' smart watches. It looks really cool.
Unlike many other current smart watches, this one seems to be built around speed and at-a-glance usefulness. It's largely controlled by voice and a few simple swiping gestures. The real value is in how well Google can understand and predict what you'll find useful based on your search history, your location and customization. If you have an Android phone and you use Google Now, you've seen firsthand how clever Google has become at that sort of thing.
On top of that, because Android Wear is an open source OS, independent developers will be able to program amazing new apps. The possibilities are very intriguing.
As of now, both LG and Motorola have unveiled designs for smart watches running Android Wear. I've got to say: Motorola's Moto 360 looks very cool and stylish.
Google promises you'll start seeing these smart watches sometime later this year. Click here to read the full announcement.