And So It Begins: Pocket Debuts Android Wear Prototype App

The ink is barely dry on the announcement about Android Wear, Google’s forthcoming wearables platform, but developers are already tinkering with the Developer Preview SDK.

Pocket, which makes a nifty tool that lets you save anything you see online, be it in a web browser or app, to view later in a “pocket”. You can even view what you’ve stashed without an Internet connection whether you’re on your computer, phone, or tablet.

Pocket Android Wear

Pocket has already pushed out a prototype Pocket app for Android Wear. After you get an alert on your smartwatch, “You swipe, and an action pops up to save to Pocket,” reads a blog post penned by Pocket’s Max Weiner. “In a single tap, the article immediately becomes accessible in your list for whenever you have the time to go back and read it. We whipped up a quick prototype to show just how easy any app can add quick sharing support like Pocket.”

Pocket posted its code on GitHub for any interested parties to check out.

Pocket Android Wear

The Pocket app for Android Wear is perhaps an obvious extension of what Pocket already does, but that’s just the point. Android Wear itself is an extension of Android, and so the huge cadre of existing apps must only, in many cases, implement some basic code and adhere to Google’s Android Wear UI guidelines to bring amazing functionality to your smartwatch.