As seen on TechCrunch, Google has announced a new smartwatch platform dubbed, Android Wear. The software is for OEM partners to create hardware for people so they can start using wearable devices. Among the first devices to launch using the new software is the LG G and the Moto 360. A key feature of the Android UI extension, include Google’s already familiar Google Now feature which has the always on voice commands. Things you can ask for include requests about flight times, making reservations, sending texts and much more. Google is also focusing on health and fitness apps that can be used to keep up with daily work out routines.
As of right now LG and Motorola are Google’s key partners for Android Wear. LG currently has the G watch which will release in the second quarter and Motorola has the Moto 360 which they plan on releasing this summer.
That 70’s shows star and Steve Jobs look alike Ashton Kutcher is now designing a special edition line of phones for Lenovo. The Hollywood star was brought on board as a product engineer back in October. According to Lenovo executive David Roman, Kutcher’s role in shaping the company’s hardware is very real. “I know on one level, it sounds corny,” Roman said in an interview with Recode. But he insisted that Lenovo’s partnership with Kutcher isn’t a publicity stunt of any sort. “He not only sees himself as an engineer, but he is an engineer. If he sees a problem, he wants to solve it.”
As of right now it has been stated by Roman that Kutchers main focus is the user experience on the upcoming phones. It should be very interesting to see what he will bring to the table once the phones are released.
If you read my post before this one then you watched the video about Phonebloks and how to build your own smartphone. Well here is a video by Dave Hakkens, the creator of the idea of Phonebloks. This is the next step into the future of Modular smartphones!
It may sound hard to believe but Google, Motorola, and Phonebloks are teaming together to make a smart phone that is fully up-gradable. This is an aim they are taking to reduce electronic waste.
As announced by Moto X maker, both tech giants are finally revealing “Project Ara”, a modular hardware system that lets you build a phone with purchased parts. These parts can be swapped out and easily upgraded.
Project Ara is a unique attempt in reducing electronic waste. If you break your screen there is no need in replacing the phone, you can just pull it off it get a new screen. Want more storage and processing power? Buy bigger and faster modules. There is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a completely new phone!
This is going to be the biggest thing yet in the cellular industry.