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RUMOR: Google to Fork Android for Smartwatches and Smart Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 23.10.13 - 12:32:41 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 10624x
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And while we are talking about smartwatches. Yesterday, a trustworthy source told the::unwired, that Google plans to fork its Android operating system into a version for smartwatches and maybe even smart gadgets and wearables in general. There's no doubt, that the smartwatch might be the next big thing and at the moment we have propriety systems, like the Pebble, out there; smartwatches which run full Android, like the Omate TrueSmart; and smartwatches like the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which also run on Android but are locked down. As the source explained, the Android smartwatch fork could work similar to Google TV, which was also based on Android (Honeycomb) but which was nevertheless different to it - keeping Google in better control what's happening with the platform.

As we have learned, Google isn't happy with the situation that smartwatches are either running full and open Android versions or are locked down to certain features and compatibilities and therefore the plan grew to offer a dedicated Android version for smartwatches and smart devices.

The source has neither unveiled a timing nor further details but for Google it could makes sense to keep its hands on the development of Android based smart devices. Possibly Google Glass is the first kind of smart device which will benefit from this Android fork.

Again, there's nothing confirmed or announced but it's just a rumor we have recently received. Let's see how this could potentially develop.

Cheers ~ Arne


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