Smartwatches running the Android Wear software are now available to pre-order, Google announced today during the Gogle I/O conference.
Android Wear is a scaled-down version of the Android mobile operating system. This version is designed for smaller, namely wearable, devices such as smartwatches. Google revealed its Android Wear software back in March, along with smartwatches running the software made by telecommunication electronics companies Motorola and LG.
David Singleton, director of engineering for Android, announced that watches with Android Wear available to order today include the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. The Moto 360 smartwatch running Android Wear will be available later this summer.
The software will help provide people with information relevant to their current situation, such as street directions. Users can scroll through apps — such as food ordering apps like Eat 24 — with a finger swipe and choose between them with a tap. Users can also set reminders, take notes and pull up content with voice commands as well as control other devices in the immediate environment such as music players.
Android TV, Google's entertainment interface, can also be controlled using Android Wear watches. Users will be able to go to one dedicated place on their device to view all this information and can select who they share it with.
The Pebble smartwatch, made by Pebble technology, already runs some small-scale video games.
Update: Google also announced that its wearables will also use the new Google Fit feature, which collects all health and fitness related apps into one stream.