Take an in-depth look at Google's Android Wear for smart watches

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has generated a great deal of buzz with the rollout of Android Wear, its software for wearable computers, starting with smart watches. But what does the software actual entail and how does it look? ArsTechnica did a deep dive on Android Wear and looked at the functionality of the platform and how the user interface behaves and responds. The software appears to rely heavily on Google Now, the company's digital assistant. Not surprisingly, voice input is also heavily favored. Interestingly, according to the report, the software ambiently shows Google Now-style notifications all the time, and can even detect that the user is dancing and offer to perform music recognition. Article

Meanwhile, Motorola Mobile has indicated it will develop one of the first Android Wear smart watches, called the Moto360. The Verge spoke with Motorola design chief Jim Wicks to get an inside look at how the company designed the watch, which will go on sale this summer. Wicks described how the company came to settle on the design of the device, which looks more like a traditional watch than a smart watch, but was circumspect about details such as the gadget's battery life and the particulars of the software and user interaction. Article

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