Google had more to say about smart watches at its Google I/O developers conference on Wednesday and officially released the Android Wear SDK. The webosphere lit up with photos of smart watches from attendees.
For years now, “mobile” has been the catch word for developers, but it’s not just tablets and smartphones – the latest trend is wearable devices, from smart eyeglasses to smart watches. And PayPal is doing its best to stay on the bleeding edge of these developments.
Following the Google announcement, PayPal wrote on its blog, “At PayPal, we see wearables as a huge opportunity to create seamless, context driven payment experiences that truly change the way people interact with their devices. In fact, earlier this year we were proud to deliver the first payment experience on the Samsung wearable devices – with the Gear 2 and Gear Fit.”
It said starting this week, it would begin to release the PayPal App on Android Wear to its Beta Community and said the PayPal App would be available on the latest Android Wear devices in the coming weeks – including the recently announced Motorola Moto360 and LG’s G Watch.
But what can you do with PayPal on such a tiny screen?
“Once available, the PayPal app will allow Android Wear device owners, to check-in to pay at local stores, redeem offers, and receive payment notifications while on the go (and in some cases with just the command of your voice).”
This Wired piece has a nice write up of the smart-watch news, and the Mercury Newssummarizes other news coming out of the conference. The latter said Google’s goal was to provide consumers with the same quality of experience on gadgets of all shapes and sizes – from PCs to smartphones, tablets, watches and TV sets.
As a Bloomberg tech reporter wrote, “Takeaway for developers at Google #io14: redesign all your apps, and build new ones for watches, cars and TVs. Godspeed.”