Google guides developers interested in building apps for wearables-specific Android Wear OS

Google guides developers interested in building apps for wearables-specific Android Wear OS

In a Tuesday-published blog post, Google has come up with some guidelines for developers interested in building for Android Wear.

Android Wear is a modified version of Google's popular Android mobile operating system. Unveiled by Google in March this year, Android Wear is an OS which has been specifically developed for wearable devices like smartwatches.

Since the Android Wear OS taps heavily into Google Now's voice recognition technology, it apparently signals Google's surge into the emerging wearables market. The Android Wear OS will run smartwatches like the LG G Watch and the Moto 360.

The new guidelines for Android Wear developers are an indication of the fact that, in the wake of the increasing interest in wearable-devices arena, Google apparently wants to ensure that developers who are chiefly accustomed to smartphones or PC displays should be aware of how to design apps for unfamiliar screens such as a watch face.

The blog post, published by Android Wear team designers Roman Nurik and Timothy Jordan, primarily draws the developers' attention to certain nuances which come with designing apps for wearable devices.

Noting that apps aimed at wearable devices have to be rethought from smartphone apps, especially due to the smaller real estate on wearables, Nurik and Jordan said in the blog post: "It's more important than ever to think of apps on wearable devices not as icons on a grid but rather as functional overlays on the operating system itself."

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