Google Commits To Developer Support For Broad Range Of Wearable Devices With Upcoming SDK

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Google is looking to gain a huge chunk of the wearables market with an SDK--no not, the Google Glass GDK, which is still in the offing as a Developer Preview, but a more general SDK that could be used for just about anything that you can wear as a garment or accessory and has some sort of “smart” capabilities.

The news was revealed by Google Senior VP Sundar Pichai at an event at SXSW. He told a crowd that the SDK will be available in about two weeks and will be based on Android, according to Re/code. “When we say wearables we think about it much more broadly,” he said. “It’s for partners and developers to figure out. It could be a jacket … with sensors. I don’t know.”

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Most imagine that it could be used for a Google-made smartwatch, although Pichai did not address whether or not that particular device is going to happen.

It’s perhaps an obvious move for Google to release an SDK like this that could be used for any number and variety of applications, but it’s also a wise one. The wearables market is starting to take off in a big way, and this will help Google in its effort to become one of the biggest players.
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ajm531 replied on Mon, Mar 10 2014 2:29 PM

Well there is a lot rumors for the smart watch. Also whether you like them or not smart watches are becoming more and more popular. I doubt Google will ignore this market since Google glass isn't really a consumer product yet. I'm thinking this Googles way of prompting devs to develop for Smart wearables and getting this sdk out early it will make a potential Google smart watch ecosystem very strong out the gate.

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