Jordan says wearables are all about limiting the amount of time you spend on your device by making interactions quick and efficient. To that end, the OS features a clean interface showing the time and the weather, rather than an app grid. The video focuses on two functions: user communications to the device, and the device’s communications to the user. Android Wear is designed to respond to vocal commands, like “OK, Google, take a note” or “OK, Google, call my dad” — which we knew from the company’s first video. The card-based OS also re-tools user notifications so they’re divided into two forms: Pages and Stacks.
Stacks is a tool that literally “stacks” your notifications, or clumps them together in a single card. Receive a bunch of emails are once? Instead of getting individual notifications, Stacks will send you one notification for all of them. Pages does the opposite — it allows a single notification to appear on more than one screen-sized card. You can also use these tools together.
Lastly, the OS lets users set up voice commands — so you’ll be able to respond to your messages without typing.
Right now there are two smartwatches in the making that will run on Android Wear: LG’s G watch and Motorola’s Moto 360. This little video release serves as a warm-up lap ahead of the company’s I/O Google conference, which takes place next week.
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