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Android Wear is a version of Google's Android operating system designed for smartwatches and other wearables. By pairing with mobile phones running Android version 4.3 or newer, or iOS version 8.2 or newer with limited support from Google's pairing application, Android Wear integrates Google Now technology and mobile notifications into a smartwatch form factor. It also adds the ability to download applications from the Google Play Store.

Android Wear
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The Moto 360 smartwatch
Developer Google
Written in C (core), C++, Java
OS family Android
Working state Current
Source model Open source with closed source components
Initial release March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18)
Latest release 1.5.0.3129099 (Based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow)
Marketing target Smartwatches, other wearables
Available in Multi-lingual
Platforms 32-bit ARM, MIPS, x86
Kernel type Monolithic (modified Linux kernel)
Userland Bionic libc, shell from NetBSD, native core utilities with a few from NetBSD
Default user interface Graphical (Multi-touch)
License Developer Preview: proprietary
Apache License 2.0
Linux kernel patches under GNU GPL v2
Official website android.com/wear/

Android Wear is a version of Google's Android operating system designed for smartwatches and other wearables. By pairing with mobile phones running Android version 4.3 or newer, or iOS version 8.2 or newer with limited support from Google's pairing application, Android Wear integrates Google Now technology and mobile notifications into a smartwatch form factor. It also adds the ability to download applications from the Google Play Store.

Android Wear supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as a range of features and applications. Watch face styles include round, square and rectangular. Released devices include Motorola Moto 360, the LG G Watch, and the Samsung Gear Live. Hardware manufacturing partners include ASUS, Broadcom, Fossil, HTC, Intel, LG, MediaTek, Imagination Technologies, Motorola, Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei, Polar and TAG Heuer.

In the first six months of availability, Canalys estimates that over 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches were shipped. As of 15 January 2016, Android Wear had between one and five million application installations. Android Wear was estimated to account for 10% of the smart watch market in 2015.

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