Senior VP of Google and chief of the Android team, Sundar Pichai has mentioned that the company will launch an Android SDK meant for wearable devices like smartwatches within the next couple of weeks. He also speaks about how this technology could be implemented in “Smart Jackets” with sensors in the future.
Pichai claims that the team is looking to get “plenty of feedback” on the functioning of this new SDK before launching its first device in the market. While he didn’t mention when this smartwatch can be expected to arrive, rumors hint that the Mountain View giant will unveil the device at the I/O conference scheduled for June. The company’s first smartwatch is expected to be made by LG. It is said that this smartwatch will come with Google Now integration with voice guided support as well.
Apple could be joining in on the fun with its rumored iWatch later this year. Reports indicated that the Cupertino based company could be offering the Siri SDK to third party developers to speed up development of the smartwatch. It is believed that Apple’s smartwatch might take fitness and health to a whole new level with advanced sensors to track various health metrics such as blood pressure, heart rate monitor and more.
The company is also believed to be working on a HealthBook app that could be bundled with iOS 8, which could allow the iWatch monitor your most important health statistics like steps taken, calories burned, weight lost and more. Besides the basic fitness information, the Healthbook app will also track vital signs like blood pressure, heart rate and other blood-related parameters like glucose levels. It may also will serve as a log book for medications and will alert you to when you need to take a pill via the Reminders app.
[Via The Wall Street Journal]