Google to Offer Android for Wearables

Google’s Android is the most popular operating system for smartphones. Now Google wants Android to power wearable devices.

Google executive Sundar Pichai told that the company plans to release in two weeks a software development kit based on Android for makers of wearable devices, such as smartwatches.

Google plans to release its own smartwatch, which will be manufactured by LG Electronics. But as with the Nexus line of smartphones that Google makes, the company wants to help lay out a “vision” for other developers to power their own wearable devices.

In making it easier for developers to use Android on wearable devices, Google looks set to follow a playbook similar to the one it used in mobile devices, where it makes Android available for free to phone and tablet makers. The software kit might give Google an opportunity to attract developers and bring users deeper into an ecosystem powered by its software. … (Read more)