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Google Shows Behind-the-Scenes Look at Android Wear

It won’t be long until we learn more about Google’s Android Wear, which we expect to see detailed more thoroughly during Google I/O later this month. But, until then, Google has written a neat blog post describing the design process behind the platform, including the briefest of looks at the LG G Watch and Moto 360, two of the platform’s first devices.

Google says that in preparation for a deeper dive at Google I/O, it began to think about what it means to develop for a device on your wrist. As expected, it’s a lot different from what the company is used to on a smartphone or tablet.

We discussed user context and how the apps we make should be opportunistic, presenting themselves in contexts where they’re useful; it’s more important than ever to think of apps on wearable devices not as icon on a grid but rather as functional overlays on the operation system itself, explained Roman Nurik and Timothy Jordan, design and developer advocates on Android Wear.

In order to create a brand new platform that also feels familiar, Google began to explore things such as an app’s entry point, and how users would interact with it on a smaller screen. The search giant goes on to admit that designing for Android Wear was an “eye-opening experience,” and really challenged the team to think carefully about the information and actions being presented to users. Stuff such as size and user attention plays a big part in the design process, meaning Google has to get it right the first time, rather than slowly iterating into a platform that’s maybe usable years from now.

From what we’ve seen so far, Android Wear is definitely shaping into the future of wearables, and could be the dominant platform going forward. We haven’t seen too much of the LG G Watch just yet, and the Moto 360 is still a definite work in progress (just look at how enormous that prototype is in the above screenshot). But things seem to be headed in the right direction, and Google is clearly focusing on creating that next generation experience we’ve all been waiting for.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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