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Google has confirmed it will release a software development kit (SDK) for wearable devices. The search giant’s head of Android, Sundar Pichai, revealed the news overnight during a Q&A at SxSW.

The SDK, which will be available to use within two weeks, is aimed at developers who want to create apps for the growing number of smartwatches and fitness bands that use Google’s Android software.

At the moment, apps for these devices are largely limited to the native add–ons that are built-in by manufacturers.

But with the wearables space about to boom, it appears Google is desperate to capitalise, especially ahead of the release of Apple’s iWatch later this year.

Interestingly, Pichai didn’t just talk up smartwatches. He says this new SDK will be aimed at any kind of kit that can pick up data when on your body.

That means anything from Android jewellery to Google Glass–style specs could potentially use the software.

Pichai did not commit to any timescale for the release of any Google wearables. Google Glass is edging closer to commercial availability, with a Nexus smartwatch also rumoured.

Source:

Engadget

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