|This article is outdated. (October 2014)|
A Moto 360 smartwatch
|Written in||C (core), C++, Java (UI)|
|Source model||Open source with closed source components|
|Initial release||March 18, 2014|
|Marketing target||Smartwatches, other wearables|
|Platforms||32-bit ARM, MIPS, x86|
|Kernel type||Monolithic (modified Linux kernel)|
|Userland||Bionic libc, shell from NetBSD, native core utilities with a few from NetBSD|
|Default user interface||Graphical (Multi-touch)|
|License||Developer Preview: proprietary
Apache License 2.0
Linux kernel patches under GNU GPL v2
Android Wear is a version of Google's Android operating system designed for smartwatches and other wearables. By pairing with mobile phones running Android version 4.3+, Android Wear integrates Google Now technology and mobile notifications into a smartwatch form factor. It also adds the ability to download apps from the Google Play Store.
The platform was announced on March 18, 2014, along with the release of a developer preview. Companies such as Motorola, Samsung, LG, HTC and Asus have been announced as partners. On June 25, 2014, at Google I/O, the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch were launched, along with further details about Android Wear. Motorola's Moto 360 was released on September 5, 2014. On December 10, 2014, an update started to roll out that, among other new features, added a watch face API and changed the software to be based on Android 5.0 "Lollipop".
Shape types of Android Wear–based watches include round, square and rectangular-shaped watch faces.
Launch devices include Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, Asus ZenWatch, Sony SmartWatch 3, and LG G Watch R, Hardware manufacturing partners include ASUS, Broadcom, Fossil, HTC, Intel, LG, MediaTek, Imagination Technologies, Motorola, Qualcomm, and Samsung.
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