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.