On Wednesday morning, Google welcomed 6,000 developers to its 7th annual Google I/O developer conference.
The crowd in San Francisco was joined by more watching on the livestream and 597 I/O Extended events, in some 90 countries on six continents.
In short, there was a big audience watching as Google announced some big news.
“Most people check their phones more than 150 times a day,” the tech behemoth asserted in a written announcement. “Often, it’s to read a text, look at a notification, or get some other simple piece of information. That’s a lot of time spent unlocking, swiping and entering passwords, when your hands could easily be free handling more important things.”
This is where Android Wear comes in.
Android Wear, we’re told, extends Android, and its ecosystem of apps, to that most familiar spot for a “wearable,” your wrist.
You get the information you need, quickly at a glance—just like you’re used to doing with your watch. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions or to get stuff done. Get alerted when it’s time to leave for dinner. Call a cab to take you there. See the traffic on the way. Text a friend once you’re seated. It’s all right there, on your wrist, easy to see, right when you want it. Today we announced that two Android wearables, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, are available to order today on Google Play, and the Moto 360 from Motorola will be available in the coming months. Your thumbs will thank you.
Of course, Google concedes, it’s one thing to be able to simply check your wrist for what you need when you’re on the go. But what about when you’re in your car? For those that wish to stay connected even while driving, there’s Android Auto.
“Android Auto, which we showed to developers today, takes care of that for you,” the Internet search giant explains. “Just connect your Android phone to a car with Android Auto, and you’ll have what you need at your fingertips such as turn-by-turn navigation from Google Maps, your curated playlists and radio stations through Play Music, simple-to-use voice search, and reminders from Google Now.”
Google says all of this is accessible through your car’s controls, and more importantly, is far safer than fumbling around with your phone.
“You’ll start to see Android Auto in cars later this year,” Google confirms.