Android wear is a platform by Google for wearable devices. It was launched yesterday. For now it is for watches and later it may expand to other wearable like shoes, pen, etc. The Youtube video showcasing the features of Android Wear by Google is mind blowing.
It is game over for all other smart watches out there. The End. Android wear is simply amazing. Pebble, Samsung and Sony were the early entrants in the smart watch world. They are all going to be in serious trouble. Android wear is not a separate operating system by itself, it is extended from Android which makes it invincible. I am really excited because it opens up innumerable possibilities for innovation.
The best thing is, Google has opened up the platform immediately with a developer preview. We got an emulator for Android Wear in the SDK update. In this tutorial, I am will walk you through to setup the development environment to start programming for Android Wear. We will also see how cool the notifications are in the Android Wear emulator.
Android Wear was launched just yesterday and I have spent only one night with it yet :-) if you notice any errors in this tutorial, please post a comment to fix it.
For now the Android Wear platform is targeted for Watches. App will be running in a watch on Android Wear platform and it will be connected to an Android device. It is so exciting since, Android Wear is not just a notification app acting as an extension of the paired device. We can apply actions to it, communicate back to the device! By registering for the Android Wear developer preview we get the following,
adb -d forward tcp:5601 tcp:5601
If you get “error: device not found”, then the Android device (mobile) is not properly setup with the computer for debug and its not visible for ADB. You may have to enable the USB debugging mode in developer options, install the right USB device driver.
Once the Android device and the Android Wear AVD is paired up, all the notifications received in the Android device are shown automagically in the Wear AVD. Following are some of the cool screenshots from the Android Wear Watch.
Android developer preview has given a set of examples to achieve above in Android Wear platform. I will write about those examples in the next tutorial and subsequently write tutorials about how to Android Wear enable our own applications.