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This article was published on March 9, 2014

Google to launch Android developer SDK for wearable tech in 2 weeks

Google to launch Android developer SDK for wearable tech in 2 weeks
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At SXSW today, Sundar Pichai, Google’s SVP of Android, Apps and Chrome, announced that the company will soon release an Android developer SDK specifically designed for use with wearable devices.

Pichai noted that Google will lay out a “vision for developers of how we see this market working” as part of the SDK.

From CES to MWC, wearable devices have been a major theme at this year’s tech events. Pichai said he’s particularly excited about the potential that the small, powerful sensors in wearables can bring to Android.

During the Q&A time, Pichai clarified that the new SDK isn’t just for smartwatches. In his view, Google’s role is to developer the system software and API, but it’s up to developers and partners to figure out which new form factors to use.

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