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Google expands Android platform to wearables

SAN FRANCISCO - Google said Tuesday it was bringing Android to wearable devices, as LG and Motorola started the countdown to Internet-enabled watches based on the dominant platform for smartphones.

The move allows developers to create apps for smartwatches, the first phase of the Android Wear platform.

Two manufacturers -- LG Electronics and Motorola -- quickly jumped on the bandwagon.

"We’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s possible with mobile technology," Google Android chief Sundar Pichai said in a blog post.

"That’s why we’re so excited about wearables -- they understand the context of the world around you, and you can interact with them simply and efficiently, with just a glance or a spoken word."

The news comes amid a surge of interest in wearable electronics which can connect with smartphones, and after the launch of several smart watches by large and small manufacturers.

AFP


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