It won't be long now before developers can try Google's wearable computing SDK on for size.
At the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas, Google surprised the audience by announcing it was only a couple weeks away from offering a toolset for creating Android apps that would run on wearable devices such as Google Glass.
For some developers on Twitter, however, there was a sense that this has been something they have been hoping and expecting for a considerable time.
Its almost here - Android for wearables is on its way - http://t.co/O8K0Z7sMuc— EventEdge (@eventmobile) March 11, 2014
Others were simply relieved that the wearable computing market didn't grow to a point where developers practically had to beg the major platform providers for giving them the means to break in.
Good on Google for being proactive in getting an SDK out for wearables http://t.co/0dgcsS5R7i— Carson Conant (@CarsonConant) March 10, 2014
There was some speculation that in offering an Android SDK for wearables, Google is trying to outsmart rivals such as Apple, which has yet to release its rumored iWatch, as well as some of its own vendor partners.
Google set to release Wearable SDK in two weeks http://t.co/qSRgzvq896 Guess that was too late for Samsung which chose Tizen…— Philip Trauring (@trauring) March 11, 2014
Though Google Glass will be an obvious target for apps based on the SDK, some suggested the move could mean new form factors for other Google products...
Hackathons, start your engines.... Android SDK For Wearables Coming In 2 Weeks, Says Google http://t.co/K5Mq0a7AcO— Richard Knights (@dknights) March 11, 2014